Tell me what you see

John Pavlus unearths a stunning set of maps over at Fast Co. Design:

Traditional city maps visualize just one aspect of urban design–the city’s intended structure, full stop. But add in a layer that visualizes how people actually use the city, and then the map becomes much more interesting. Eric Fischer did exactly that when he used Twitter’s API to collect tens of thousands of geotagged tweets and map them onto the streets of New York, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay area.

What results are a series of inkblot webs that could easily be mistaken for blood vessels or root systems if the silhouettes of the cities they represent weren’t so charismatically obvious. Pavlus has a great eye for infographics, and these are no exception.

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