Rachel Shin – LO 7

“Flight Patterns” by Aaron Koblin is a computation information visualization composed by a history of air traffic. Data was collected from FAA data, and it was put together and computed via Processing programming. Koblin used Adobe After Effects and Maya to put together this visual. I personally admired the cohesive nature of this visual. While it showed chaos of air traffic, it portrayed a simple, calm, and unified visual. I personally never considered air traffic like the way I thought about road traffic, so it was an interesting outlook for me to see Koblin’s creation. I suppose that the algorithms used were tracking the departure and destination location and creating curves with those points and using a specific color for each one to specify which curve represented which flight. The creator’s artistic sensibilities were manifested in portraying a unity of air traffic with a variety of curves and color.

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