Wind Map pulls information from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is maintained by the National Weather Service and available to the public. The app gathers these forecasts, which are time-stamped and revised every hour, to create 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,” the designers have said. Wind Map’s patterns serve as useful data visualizations and, as we consider alternative energy sources, a reminder of the power of wind.
Gallery label from Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design, September 10, 2022–July 16, 2023