Greenground Map in Forbes article of London National Park City

Forbes article of What Is London’s National City Park Status And Which Other Cities Will Follow? is a story of London’s journey of becoming a National Park City and the people and ideas behind it. I was very happy to see it also features the Greenground map alongside the Urban Good‘s official National Park City map.

The author, Alex Ledsom, covers the Greenground Map’s concept later in the article.

A key part of the campaign has been to restyle London as a green city in the maps its residents and tourists use every day. The Greenground Map by Helen Ilus follows the layout of the iconic London tube map but it links green spaces instead of transport hubs. It is hoped it will encourage sustainable and healthy commutes around London by linking its green spaces, paths and cycle routes. The map also includes kayaking routes and birdwatching spots. 


I love Alex’s quote of restyling London as a green city through maps. This shows sometimes we do not need a lot to make a change – we just need new eyes to see things differently!

DG infographics class

HNY 2019! May it bring some insightful and beautiful (infographic) stories.

December was quite a busy month for me. Earlier in the month I went to London to attend an infographic class by Delayed Gratification Magazine. DG is known by their awesome infographics and the two hour evening class covered the theory behind what makes a good infographic (in DG style: How to make killer infographics?).

The class was held in a relaxed and creative atmosphere at King’s College by Marcus, one of the editors. We went through a process of thinking the ideas of a great infographic and trying our hand in making one in the group. The two hours passed far too quickly, but we still had plenty of time to grasp the main ideas.

The key idea surfacing throughout the class was ‘What’s the point?’. We looked at different infographics and tried to understand what is it they say. The good infographics convey the main idea at first sight and do not leave the audience confused. Even complicated infographics are clear of their meaning.

Here is an one quirky example of DG magazine infographic:

Infographic: BBC top-talent salaries in context from Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine.
Click here for zoomable version.

Infographic of awesome air cleaning plants

Here’s another infographic of air purifying plants. It’s again based on visualization, this time a scatter chart. The method is exactly the same as for previous infographic and the data sheet can be seen here.

As the air quality in offices and homes has become an issue, it’s good to know having many plants around may reduce the pollution and contribute to purifying air. Some plants are thought to have better air cleaning abilities that others, although the information is only available for selected plants.

I based the infographic on last two columns in the spreadsheet calculating the total amount of chemicals removed and toxicity to dogs and cats. The original data comes from NASA Clean Air Study and Wikipedia chart of air-filtering plants.

I have eight plants in my room and I certainly like to think they are currently busy sucking up all the harmful digital compounds emanating from my laptop as I am writing this post. And if not.. well, at least they look pretty.


Pure air plant-o-meter - infographic