Are there networks in maps? Shifted Maps visualizes personal movement data as a network of map extracts showing visited places. The geographic map dissolves and creates a flexible network layout, which reveals unique movement structures based on geographic positions, travel time or travel frequency.
Network structures of visited places and trips between them
The basic elements of the visualization are round map parts, which display the visited places, as well as the total amount of time (surface area) and the amount of visits (thickness of the contour) spend there. They are connected with straight lines. Thicker lines indicate routes that have been taken more frequently than thinner lines.
Shifted Maps combines map and network in a unique way. As a result the network can be arrangend in different layouts while keeping a geographic reference to the places through the map extracts. The visualization reveals different movement patterns in three arrangements based on the
Distance view, default map view and time view
During the design process we did a range of visual experiments to explore potentials and limits of modulated maps.
Map experiments: distortion and collages, map styles and first prototype