"The Patternists specialized in cerebral asymmetry. With grossly expanded right-brain hemispheres, they were highly intuitive, given to metaphors, parallels, and sudden cognitive leaps. Their inventive minds and quick, unpredictable genius had given them a competitive edge at first. But with these advantages had come grave weaknesses: autism, fugue states, and paranoia. Patternists grew out of control and became grotesque webs of fantasy." - Bruce Sterling Schismatrix Plus
01 November 2011
This one was a real challenge in a few ways. I needed to visualize actual terrain in 3D and show how that relates in 3D with a topological map. I scanned the map, found the shader files from GIS (to define the elevation in the 3D program), and a satellite image of the Grand Canyon to colorize it. Getting the three to align perfectly was a bunch of Photoshop scaling and nudging with transparent layers to get things just right. My eyes started to cross but the result came out just as I wanted. A simple demonstration, but I learned a little about the maps I carry with me on hiking and camping trips. Another plus of creating info graphics.