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“It’s one thing to say there are 140,000 planes being monitored by the federal government at any one time, and it’s another to see that system as it ebbs and flows.”
Aaron Koblin, Author, at TED 2011
Each day, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tracks an estimated 140,000 planes through American airspace. In 2005, artist Aaron Koblin began to visualize the FAA’s data with colleagues at UCLA’s Celestial Mechanics project. Built using the open sourcing programming language Processing, Koblin’s Flight Patterns visualization captures the rhythms and spatial patterns of North American travel over a 24-hour period.
One of the many artists pioneering the growing field of data visualization, Koblin continues to explore the intersection of data and aesthetics at Google’s Creative Lab.