Ben Fry has made a new piece of work! Ben is a way cool guy, who’s done quite a few good visualizations, but this newest one I think tops them all. Entitled “All Streets,” what you’re looking at is nothing more than every road in the first 48 states as equally thin black lines. What emerges however is a plain picture of the USA geography.
“No other features (such as outlines or geographic features) have been added to this image, however they emerge as roads avoid mountains, and sparse areas convey low population. This began as an example I created for a student in the fall of 2006, and I just recently got a chance to document it properly.”
All Streets is somewhat reminiscent of his earlier piece “zipdecode” where you can type in zip codes to see where the mail is sent before it’s distributed. That project, too, makes a fine image, and has an interesting educational flavor. For example, type in these pattern-like zip codes, 10101, 20202, 30303, 60606, 43210, and try to guess which capitol cities you’ll land on.