San Francisco-startup Human, founded in 2012 by fellow Dutchies Renato Valdés Olmos & Paul Veugen, published some very cool data visualizations today. With this cool imagery they show intensity and the ways in which people move through cities around the world.
Human is an iPhone app that runs in the background of your phone and automatically detects activities like walking, cycling, and running. Human aims to help you move 30 minutes, every day. It shows you how much you’ve moved or need to move, and motivate you to do the Daily 30 every day of the week.
Human visualized 7.5 Million miles of activity in major cities all across the globe to get an insight into people’s activity. Walking, running, cycling, and motorized transportation data tell different stories. Some of the cities that were visualized are New York, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, Paris, Washington and -of course- Amsterdam.
It turns out people (well, Human-users that is) in Washington walk the most of all people in these cities. People in Berlin like to run (followed by Hong Kong and Copenhagen) and it can hardly be called a surprise, but North-American cities (Los Angeles, Montreal, Portland, Miami and Houston) form the complete Top-5 in “motorized transport”. Amsterdam -yes, really- is the city where people ride their bikes the most. Followed by Copenhagen. In terms of overall activity Amsterdam also wins. We run, walk and bike more than average, while our motorized traffic is half of the average.
The time spent moving by walking, running or riding bicycles, per city.
So no surprises in the rankings maybe, but what’s really cool is how all this data is visualized, in both imagery and video. Beautifully done. You really see the contours of the city light up, based on actual people moving around. It’s straight up art, if you ask me. Look for instance at the Amsterdam running-map below and see how the Vondelpark lights up as by far the most popular place to run a few laps in the city, see how the streets of Manhattan, New York are formed by the likes of thousands of people in taxi’s and cars and how Tokyo has all these city-centre hotspots across the city where people walking flock together.
You can click through all the cities individually and compare activities on http://cities.human.co and even order a framed print of this “human generated artwork” on Crated. You can download the Human app on the iTunes app store.
Moving cities: Human-generated artwork
San Francisco-startup Human, founded in 2012 by fellow Dutchies Renato Valdés Olmos & Paul Veugen…