About Visualize Earth

Visualize Earth is an experimental data visualization blog on Earth matters by John Richter. It aims to provide a fresh, clear-eyed take on some of the most interesting issues of our times, starting with climate change.

Interactive data visualization is the perfect blend of art and science, expression and structure, design and function. Although written narratives engage readers at an emotional and informational level, data visualization facilitates depth of understanding by encoding information in way that humans have evolved to be able to digest information the quickest: visually. Previously abstract numbers morph into shapes, and amorphous concepts transfigure into colors and strokes. The once indefinite expresses itself in a beautiful, concrete physicality.

Beyond content, Visualize Earth aims to explore the storytelling medium itself on a modern, interactive canvas. What is the stuff of story, and what does it look like in a modern, interactive age?

Content on VizEarth will range from tightly designed data stories – scarcely different from a data story in a major publication like the NY Times – to experimental and interactive multimedia sketches.

Mostly, Visualize Earth is an adventure with indeterminate outcome, a foray into the unknown, a wild-eyed attempt to create something beautiful, restless and full of conviction.

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. - Henry David Thoreau