Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge Submissions

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As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)

Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!

Submission from <b>Adam Bortz</b>
Submission from Adam Bortz

Bigger Version | Adam's Website

Career: Designer

What he learned from the project: “Cities are not the (cause) of our out of control middle finger to the environment, but the solution… Cities are still more sustainable per capita than anywhere else on the planet. ”

 

High Rents: Submission from <b>Andrea Stranger</b>
High Rents: Submission from Andrea Stranger

Bigger Version | Andrea's Website

Career: Freelance Designer

On how long it took to produce: “Probably 50 hours of work for these 3 posters.”

Why she focused on Staten Island: “I was surprised how few people reported moving to Staten Island (only 21 listeners). But there was also this one fantastic quote from a woman who gave her reason for going ...these two details inspired a whole poster. “

Montage: Submission from <b>Andrea Stranger</b>
Montage: Submission from Andrea Stranger

Bigger Version | Andrea's Website

Career: Freelance Designer

On how long it took to produce: “Probably 50 hours of work for these 3 posters.”

Why she focused on Staten Island: “I was surprised how few people reported moving to Staten Island (only 21 listeners). But there was also this one fantastic quote from a woman who gave her reason for going ...these two details inspired a whole poster. “

Staten Island: Submission From <b>Andrea Stranger</b>
Staten Island: Submission From Andrea Stranger

Bigger Version | Andrea's Website

Career: Freelance Designer

On how long it took to produce: “Probably 50 hours of work for these 3 posters.”

Why she focused on Staten Island: “I was surprised how few people reported moving to Staten Island (only 21 listeners). But there was also this one fantastic quote from a woman who gave her reason for going ...these two details inspired a whole poster. “

Manhattan Diaspora: Submission from <b>Michael Porter</b>
Manhattan Diaspora: Submission from Michael Porter

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Park Slope Diaspora: Submission from <b>Michael Porter</b>
Park Slope Diaspora: Submission from Michael Porter

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Interactive Visualization: <b>Hermann Zschiegner</b>
Interactive Visualization: Hermann Zschiegner

Flash Version | PDF Version | Hermann's Website

Career: Designer

On this project: “I knew I had only two days to spend on this project and so I had to focus on one single aspect of the data set. What interested me the most after my first look at the data was to understand the distances traveled as a result of the moves.”

"From"  Word Cloud: Submission from <b>Tim Owens</b>
"From" Word Cloud: Submission from Tim Owens

Career: Psychologist, working with children and teachers

About this project: “I am a complete amateur, just a huge fan of WNYC…The map your moves project was intriguing for me since we were points of data!”

"To" Word Cloud: Submission from <b>Tim Owens</b>
"To" Word Cloud: Submission from Tim Owens

Career: Psychologist, working with children and teachers

About this project: “I am a complete amateur, just a huge fan of WNYC…The map your moves project was intriguing for me since we were points of data!”

Moves By Borough: Submission from <b>Scott Leta</b>
Moves By Borough: Submission from Scott Leta

Bigger Version | Scott's Website

Career: Graphic Designer/Illustrator

On why this project was fun: “Some examples (of participant responses) I found most interesting: "Freedom", "Moved onto boat on Pier 25 in Manhattan", "Drug dealers in building", "The Village is vastly different from when I moved there from Oklahoma in 1960" ‘

PDF Visualization from <b>Craig Limbert</b>
PDF Visualization from Craig Limbert

Download PDF | Craig's Website

Career: GIS Analyst/Manager and Consultant

On the difficulties this project presented: “The data was then organized so it showed where people were moving, each person could move up to 5 times, so there were around 4,200 total moves over the ten year period from the people who submitted information”

Video Visualization: Submission from <b>Daniel Sheehan</b>
Video Visualization: Submission from Daniel Sheehan

Watch on Youtube | Daniel's Website

How did you tackle the data? Using ArcGIS I cleaned up the database, created databases for each of the moves from 1990-2010 of the survey respondents responses, removed any of those records without proper US zip or a proper year (or I cleaned the year, ie 20005 to 2005) and then joined to ESRI US Census Zip point layers (exploded from multipoint feature class to point feature class). From this, using Hawth's tools (create line from X,Y table) and some more database table processing created From and To lines based on the unique ID and recent places 5->4, 4->3, 3->2, 2->1. Then using the Animation toolbar in ArcGIS created a video of the moves. Also, I assigned random months to the years of the moves b/c if everyone moved at the beginning of the year the animation would be boring. 

Interactive Visualization: <b>Moritz Stafaner</b>
Interactive Visualization: Moritz Stafaner

Flash Version | Moritz's Website

Career: Professional Information Visualizer

About this project: “This visualization was especially interesting to me, as the underlying data consisted of many little personal stories, and had this very unique characteristic of being New York centric and globe-spanning at the same time”.

Reasons for Moving: Submission from <b>Alexandra Muresan</b>
Reasons for Moving: Submission from Alexandra Muresan

Full Version | Alexandra's Website

Name: Alexandra Muresan

Career: Freelancer/Web designer/Creative

About the project: I've focused on the reasons and amount of moves, and tried to visually organize the data in ways that resemble a simplified image of a city, viewed from above, or as skyscrapers viewed from the ground

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