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It Matters Most To You: On Digital Literacy and Data Production

There are three things that happened to me over the last two weeks that are entirely responsible for this entry: ONE: I attended Quartz’s The Next Billion conference, an event about the one billion new internet users expected to come online by 2017. At the conference, Mark Surman, an Executive Director at Mozilla gave a…

Learning More Through Less at the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is an art and design institution situated in west London, across from Hyde Park and next to the majestic Royal Albert Hall. The school’s courses include everything from Architecture to Fashion to Service Design to Animation, but the program that I’m most closely affiliated with is called Information Experience Design…

What Maps Really Show

I often find myself thinking that maps are experiencing a resurgence. But to be fair, that’s an exaggeration, because mapping has never been out of style. World maps have been around since 6000 BC (some would argue even earlier). So while the human fascination with maps hasn’t changed, what has shifted through the ages are…

Considering the UK Context

Recently, I’ve had a steady stream of people visiting me in London.  Aside from the obvious benefit of reuniting with friends, there are a couple of other personal advantages to their visits: first, they bring me products that I can’t easily get in London (Lucky Charms from the States, stroopwafels from the Netherlands, and the…

London’s History Of Mapping

Every weekend, Londoners stream out of their homes and visit the city’s many markets: long stretches of street (off-limits to cars) teeming with stalls of all types of delicious food, trendy clothes, and quirky trinkets. This past weekend, while strolling through one of these markets, I happened upon a booth selling some lovely prints of…

Five Months Illustrated on Maps

LONDON–Lately I’ve been considering subtle ways of communicating more qualitative information in the maps that I’m making. For each group of participants I have (representing a different type of relationship), I’d like to have a separate map background that represents some aspect of the tone, vibe, or feeling of the relationship being portrayed.

London: East vs West

It was recently suggested to me that it might be nice to show what my life is like here (aside from the parts that consist of staring blankly at computer screens). I’ve also decided to try weekly posts (look for me here every Tuesday!), so it made sense to write today about the two spatial areas…

Data and its Dissidents

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about data. My project for the National-Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship involves collecting a group of Londoners’ geolocation and browser data, representing that data in interesting ways, and drawing conclusions from the representations. (The images in this post show a sample of my own personal location data and a resulting map, as…

In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba

For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange. Johanna…

Mimi Onuoha: Charting the Intersections of the Physical and Online Worlds

The lives you lead are different, but not divorced. They stretch and meet at crucial intersections. You cruise websites and highways; you check into hotels and locations on mobile apps. You may like to eat a type of food and you may also “like” that food on Facebook, but those two actions do not necessarily mean the same thing.

First 5 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows Named

Meet the first five Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.

The Greater London National Park* Opens

“There is this idea that a National Park has to be remote and rural, but cities are incredibly important habitats too.” Daniel Raven-Ellison describes his project to change the way people look at cities.

Geography in the News: The Black Plague

Black Plague Gravesites Uncovered Excavations in the spring of 2013 for London’s Crossrail, a large railway project under constructions in the city, uncovered a series of graves from the 14th century thought to be people who died of the Black plague. This terrible disease ravaged the cities of Europe during this periodic killing an estimated…

The Bigger Brains of London Taxi Drivers

The memorization required to be a London cab driver requires years of studying. In the process, it also makes drivers’ brains bigger.

In London’s Sewers: Less Pollution and A Smelly Form of Energy

If you don’t mind the smell, there’s lots to learn about the future of water and energy in the sewers under London’s streets.