Visual explorations of our daily environment

New York City Elevation

 

Visualizations by Scott Reinhard

 

From the ground, the scale of our landscape is slightly too large for us to comprehend its full character. Sometimes the features are too subtle, too substantial, or obscured by fixed elements. It can be difficult to understand the larger systems at play. That valley, the ridge, the shape of the mountains, the walk up the hill. They seem fixed and forever.

Mapmakers use caution when representing the topography of the Earth. There are other pieces of information to convey in a map along with physical geography, and besides, the range of elevation is quite small compared to the radius of the Earth. But unconstrained by formal training in cartography, and empowered by curiosity and the tools to process and review geographic data, I turned everything up to 11. At the graphic extremes, patterns emerge: glaciation, collisions, erosion, deep time. In its elevation lies the story of the land.

Working with geographic data also presents a new graphic medium to play with. These visualizations push representation in many directions—from hyper-detailed and realistic 3D renderings derived from LiDAR data to heavily abstracted and barely legible formal experiments. I don’t have an end goal, one map leads to the next, and there is an endless pool of data and tools to work with.

 

Western North Carolina

 

World elevation, long shadows

 

Great Lakes

 

Southern Lake Michigan Region Elevation

 

3D elevation + 1954 USGS Denali map

 

3D elevation + 1894 USGS Asheville region map

 

3D elevation + 1916 Geological Map of California

 

3D elevation + 1878 USGS Yellowstone Geology Map

 

Central Canada Plains

 

Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

 

Mississippi River

 

Great Lakes Bathymetry

 

Coteau des Prairies Geographical Feature, South Dakota

 

Texas Topography

 

Washington State

 

Northern Ohio Topography

 

Central Park

 

Eastburn Farm Lidar visualization, Greenwood, Indiana

 

South Brooklyn Lidar Visualization

 

Processing + elevation data of the conterminous United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Lake, Wisconsin Bathymetry combined with a 1963 map

 

New York State

 

Ohio State

 

You can purchase a selection of maps by Scott Reinhard at www.scottreinhardmaps.com

 

Scott Reinhard is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer. He works at the New York multi-disciplinary design studio 2 × 4 and was formerly a Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and VSA Partners. Scott has taught in the Graduate Communications Design program at the Pratt Institute and holds a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University.
www.scottreinhard.com | www.scottreinhardmaps.com |@scottreinhard

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