Fernanda Bertini Viégas, Martin Wattenberg. Wind Map. 2012
  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

Wind Map is an app that pulls information from the public National Digital Forecast database maintained by the National Weather Service; its near-term forecasts, revised once per hour and time-stamped, are precise within a range of two square miles. In the designers’ words, Wind Map is a “living portrait” of the wind landscape over the United States: “An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us, energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future,” they have written. Wind Map’s beautiful patterns serve as useful visualizations of data that can be analyzed for various purposes.

Gallery label from Energy, 2019
Medium
Interactive software
Credit
Gift of the designers
Object number
1751.2012
Copyright
© 2019 Fernanda Bertini Viégas and Martin Wattenberg
Department
Architecture and Design

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