Across the Mainland

[2020]



Designers often treat analysis and representation as two distinct components of the design process. The information gleaned from site analysis regarding topography, mobility patterns, and urban fabric informs our interventions, but rarely do we consider how the representation of this analysis impacts our process. We treat the fruits of analysis as little more than utilitarian information. Elements to which we have the option to respond.

Across the Mainland evidences that representation can indeed be a form of analysis. These visualizations of domestic air travel on July 1, 2019 demonstrate multiple ways we can conceive the airline industry’s undergirding infrastructure. Three animations emerging from one dataset, one highlights temporal rhythm, another geographic relationships, and a third the landscape of planes overhead.