The Envelope Please

Not quite the Academy Awards for Information Design...

Flowing Data has announced its 5 Best Data Visualization Projects for 2008, and there are some great examples of cutting edge data visualization. Wordle, an old favorite has made the list, along with Radio Head's House of Cards music video, a project created out of Google Labs that used 3D laser scanners to create the imagery captured for the video. Just in time for Valentine's Day (and lonely hearts club members) is I Want You To Want Me, in which data from online dating sites comes to palpable life. Finally, because there will always be an England, there's Britain From Above, a BBC series that looks at traffic flowing into, out of, and above Britain. Air traffic, ship traffic, Internet traffic and good old fashioned traffic traffic are all rendered here as glowing traces of light.

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