Red state, blue state, big state, small state, north and south and east and west: How we define our similarities and differences with each other often comes down to where we see ourselves on the map of America. But what if we threw out the standard-issue version and started over with something new?MIT SENSEable City Lab: The United States of Cities
The data was compiled during the month of July 2010 from several million commuters who communicated via cell phone; the colored dots represent the commuters' home locations, while the rings and their intensity represent the number of commuters traveling. The resulting map shows a breaking down of the traditional idea of a nation of states, and, instead, an ever-expanding urban sprawl that pushes the limits of our respective cities. This is a version of America that's not based upon politics, or history, but one that's constantly moving.You can read more about the project and see more photos on the United Cities page. Eric Fischer: The Real-Time City Flickr site:
I still think it might work at a poster size, but a computer screen is really too small. The colors for the different states are arbitrary, just to give you a little more to orient yourself with since the shapes are sometimes so distorted.Stamen: Where Does the Money Go?
Explore the loss and gain of income for counties using the slider above, type in a city or county you're interested in into the county search box, or click anywhere on the map to view a county. When you see blue trails on the map (like this influx into Yuma County, Arizona), that means that people were moving to a particular county; red lines (like this exodus from Bristol County, Rhode Island to Florida) means they're leaving that county.You can read more about the design and the stories from this design on Stamen's site.
Just for completeness, the additional pieces that make up this series of five designs are more artistic in approach and come from Interboro Partners with their work "The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion" and Dominic McGill with "We Are All Keynsians Now".