Signal Noise is an independent information design agency, based in the heart of Shoreditch, East London. The company was established in 2010 to meet the growing demand for visual content and tools that allow people to make sense of an increasingly data-driven world.
We work for clients across industries such as finance, healthcare, sports and consumer goods, helping them to understand, analyse and communicate complex data and narratives.
We combine the disciplines of software development, information and user experience design to create engaging work that connects with audiences across a wide range of platforms and outputs – from comprehensive information graphics to sophisticated tools used by industry experts.
QuakeNet is the largest internet relay chat (IRC) Network in the world, this is an attempt to demonstrate the activity on the network (it looks much better full screen!).
This is one day of activity, 24 hours, midnight to midnight in UTC, on the QuakeNet IRC network summarised into a 12 minute data visualisation.
Each dot represents a new user connecting to the network, there are some 400 new connections per minute on average in this visualisation. Users are linked by joining shared channels. When a new user joins a shared channel it is joined by a line with all other users in the channel already that have had activity within the last 5 minutes. In effect, this shows real time communications between the users of QuakeNet over a single day.
All data was collected strictly anonymously at a high level.
The data snapshots were collected via a network service that already stores connection data in memory, anonymous network data dumps (purely stating 'this user is new' information) were collected at a regular interval for a 24 hour period. These data blocks were then pre-processed using one off Python scripts into a usable cohesive time-line of connections, and the users resolved to their geographic locations.
The final visualisation was produced using processing over several hours (the original source is above 1080p) using an OpenGL renderer. The background map is a re-aligned and tweaked world map from the NASA blue marble project.
If you have any comments or questions you can find me in #meeb on irc.quakenet.org
Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.
Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.
Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.
The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013). conference2013.gwsp.org
As datasets build upon one another, the film charts Earth's changing global water cycle, why it is changing, and what this means for the future. The vertical spikes that appear in the film represent the 48,000 large dams that have been built.
The film was produced by Globaïa and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. globaia.org // igbp.net
The film is part of the first website on the concept of humans as a geological force, anthropocene.info