03 July 2007




Fantastic applications by Marumushi

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.

"The recent firerside chat at Signal v’s Noise with three of the most innovative artists/designers working in the area of information visualisation is an enlightening read. Each has their own particular perspective and approach to ‘infoviz’ as Wescamp puts it. Harris is interested in the ‘humanity of the web’ which might be excavated through the [...]"

(Via type4screen.)


  1. hi there,

    Well this is indeed a very nice and well known representation, but check out the first ones. The research by Ben Schneiderman was of real importance in this area. He was the one that explored trees in a space-constrained layout, because
    there was a shortcoming in usefull and compact visualizations of large amounts of data.
    I wrote about it in my dossier, do you remember? If you're interested I'll send you the latest version..
    This is a nice link for a historical overview about treemaps. You'll also find the newsmap on it.