To celebrate the launch of version 2.0 of our geospatial tool CartoDB, we wanted to develop a small and quick visualization to demonstrate the tool's technical capabilities, and show some of the interesting things that can be told through maps.
So we started thinking and then the idea came: what could be better than mapping 50 years of Rolling Stones tours?
- Interaction and visual design
- Front-end development
Once we got the idea and a draft of the interaction design, we started to plan the development phase. We only had a couple of days for it, but the story deserved a top-quality visualization. A good test of what can be done with the new CartoDB 2.0.
We scraped Wikipedia to get the data, and imported it into CartoDB. We then built the front-end combining CartoDB.js (for map interactivity) and Reveal.js (a fantastic tool for HTML presentations).
The visualization also takes advantage of the CartoDB geospatial capabilities, like route length calculation.
An interactive visualization that displays all Rolling Stones tours, allowing fans to navigate their almost 1 million kilometers spent on the road.
It was done by a single person in a couple of days. Using CartoDB is that easy.
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