Over the past week I've been using the USDA's amazing Cropscape Tool (here!) to pull some very dense and interesting geospatial data about the American landscape. The project is a continuation of the work I began a couple of years ago at Archework's Chicago Expander Workshops, where I was a research fellow.
The data provided by the USDA is incredible and includes a tremendous wealth of information that makes up the composition of America (over multiple years!). By pulling this data and extrapolating specific categories I've been able to produce a number of unique and explicit maps that aim to push us away from the ubiquitous and low-resolution (regarding information content) physical and political map.
Here are a few examples of recently produced maps. I'm hoping to do some very large screenprints of these in the coming week to really explore complex data and storytelling through a very minimal and simple visual medium.