Visualizing the geographic mobility and life histories of notable Europeans

I wonder sometimes whether gorgeous eye candy style representations lull us into a state of uncritical enjoyment via aesthetics. The quality of the mapping between data and the domain the data represents is most important, and also how much insight is afforded by the representation or graphic. But look at this!

Maximilian Schich's map of where artists move to

Maximilian Schich’s map of where artists move to

“This video depicts European birth to death network dynamics 0 to 2012 CE according to “deceased persons” in Freebase.com.”

“In the current video, the dynamically applied color scheme indicates birth sources (blue) and death attractors (red). Individuals in the videos appear as particles gravitating towards their death locations, indicating collective directions of flow. The video is rendered with one frame per year at 30 frames per second.”

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