The World by Named Geographic Features

Geonames database dumped onto a map, coloured according to feature categoryStephen 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.


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