Stephen Von Worley takes raw data from GeoNames – a database of 7.5 million geolocated features – and dumps it all onto a series of maps. Each place is represented by a single pixel, and each dot is coloured according to category – water is blue, green for land, and red for man-made structures.
The result is a series of stunning visualizations of the World, Europe and the USA.
He describes his work as…
… great examples of what I call emergent visualization: the complex beauty that can be distilled from a mountain of data with a carefully-selected set of simple rules.