Designer | Artist Marcos Weskamp
Year 2004
Keywords In the age of information saturation and overload, several news-aggregating websites and mobile applications cut through the noise by presenting the news landscape in a visually organized way. Newsmap draws on Google News’s constantly updated feeds and is arranged like a treemap (a hierarchical way of representing data that uses nested rectangles as an organizing element). Different stories are contained in rectangular cells whose size is dictated by how much coverage Google News determines that the subject has been given; they are then grouped into easily identified bands and color-coded by topic (such as world affairs, business, entertainment, sports). The news can be filtered by country, by issue, or by whether the subject has been updated in the last 10 minutes, the last hour, or more, giving users a more directed way to digest the news while also seeing the larger patterns of the news cycle.