Visualization of the Week: Running for a year

A visualization shows running data from three major cities.

This summer, YesYesNo partnered with Nike+ to visualize running data. YesYesNo created installations for Nike retail stores that displayed one year’s worth of runs through the streets of New York, London and Tokyo.

From the YesYesNo project page:

The runs showed tens of thousands of peoples’ runs animating the city and bringing it to life. The software visualizes and follows individual runs, as well as showing the collective energy of all the runners, defining the city by the constantly changing paths of the people running in it.

Here’s a screenshot of the visualization:

Nike Plus Visualization

This video shows some of the visualization in action:

The visualization was created with custom designed software, produced in collaboration with DualForces using OpenStreetMap maps.

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  • Michael P.

    Dave Shea’s excellent Elevation Processing app is great for generating maps like this.