Over the weekend Loic Le Meur kicked off a conversation in the blogosphere about the centralization of our web personalities. Le Meur is an avid believer in our personal blogs being our central hub on the web. I agree with him, but as the internet evolves, we’re seeing ourselves spread out into different social networks, aggregators, etc. The conversation revolved around a social map Le Meur drew that visualized how he was connected on the internet with his blog being the central point. I found the concept so interesting that I set up Social Graph Central, a blog solely dedicated to showcasing social maps drawn by or hand or by software, of netizens. I encourage you to email me at juskai at shaw dot ca with yours and I’ll either post it for you or set you up as an author on the blog so you can contribute yourself. Let’s make this the world’s largest collection of social maps, centralized. Check out the video above of Le Meur discussing the whole conversation.

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Loic Le Meur’s Social Map

Big fan of this pic I came across via Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur’s Twitter feed. Kind of an old media rendition of a new media social map.

TED BigVizIf you head over to the TED blog, they have a link to a 200 page PDF of sketches and idea maps from all the TED 2008 presenters. Drawn by artists David Sibbet & Kevin Richards, the PDF interprets the presentations in such a way that illustrates new connections not easily seen when just listening to the speakers.

According to Autodesk, the PDF is a compilation of:

700 spontaneous sketches of the presenters’ ideas using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro software running on Wacom Cintiq tablets and rendered on a Perceptive Pixel multi-touch display. These tools illustrate the power of interactive visualization to present the big picture to foster insight and communicate ideas visually, central principles of design innovation“.

It makes for an interesting visual exploration.

Another cool visual depiction of historical info. A animated mockumentary of the presence of evil in Western Civilization since Ancient Greece.

Via Information Aesthetics

Information visualization is a fascinating branch of new media that deals with graphical representations of data that allows for interpretations that wouldn’t otherwise be seen. Growing in popularity, I expect I’ll experiment with this in the coming months. Check out this video interpretation, called Food Fight, of all the American-centric wars since World War I as played out by food stuffs. Yes, that’s right, food stuffs. Just in case your knowledge of military history isn’t too great (I fall into this category), here’s a cheat sheet that’ll show you what food stuffs represent what country.


Food Fight is written by Stefan Nadelman of Tourist Pictures.