Marcos Weskamp makes some very interesting flash projects and is quite an illustrator as well. His new project Newsmap creates a dynamic treemap that quickly gives one a sense of what the "big" stories are in the news. For someone who focuses on technology news, it was an interesting reminder to see just how small a current it is in the whole scheme of things. I'm not sure that this would be useful as an every day newsreader (or that it was intended for such), but it looks great. [via k10k]
From the site:
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.