Work in Progress #5

Mont Poupet and Nans Sous St Anne, in Franche Comte. Thanks to @humeursdevictor for the link to better topographic data for France. The tiled heightmap for the whole country is a lovely mix of organic and synthetic, and really quite beautiful...…

Generative Design

Last week I ordered a new book, and yesterday it arrived. Generative Design is a guide to creating generative art using the P5.js library. It includes a gentle tutorial on how to get started, but also a bunch of "recipes" for making cool things that you can tweak to…

How Big?

Hans Hack has developed a neat little tool that lets you quickly draw a circle or square with a given area on a map, and download it as a GeoJSON. It's called "How Big". It's a handy way to show your readers what a given area looks like compared to…

Tenday Notes: 1-10 Feb 2020

Every ten days I share a quick digest of what I've been working on. Here's the latest. You can find more in the series here. The last ten days have mostly been about finishing off my current list of paid work, and digging into the start of some of the…

Our Future on Earth

I worked on data visualization for a new FutureEarth report that connects recent news events with the latest environmental science research. Here's how it's described in the report itself: This report provides a snapshot of our world at the start of 2020, helping to make sense of the state of…

Tools I Love #3: Figma

Here's a confession - I've never got comfortable with Adobe Illustrator. I'm pretty good with Photoshop. I've got a comfortable handle on Lightroom. But mastery of Illustrator has always eluded me. Why? Because it's bad software. It's slow, it's unintuitive, it's just unpleasant to use. The pen tool makes me…