Can you guess how this unique image of Toronto was put together?

Illustration for article titled Can you guess how this unique image of Toronto was put together?

We'll give you a hint: The first of these 2,300 data points appeared at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor back in 1924.

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If you guessed traffic signals you're absolutely correct. This beautiful map of Toronto was created by Redditor William Davis by using information from the city's open data portal. You can find a full-size version of it here.

Not surprisingly, the downtown area is the most signal-dense part of the traffic network. And as Chris Bateman points out in BlogTO,

What's really amazing is that Toronto, zoomed out and reduced to a collection of dots, is still easily recognizable. The negative space created by the Don and Rouge river valleys is also visible, if you look carefully, so are winding Weston Road and Dundas Street.

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Redditor redkulat uploaded the data to Google Maps to create this unique perspective:

Illustration for article titled Can you guess how this unique image of Toronto was put together?

[ via BlogTO ]

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joshthecartoonguy
joshthecartoonguy

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It occurred to me that the most confusing thing about it is the typography, which mostly uses familiar symbols from base 10 counting. I'm thinking about designing an alternative to the arabic numbers for base 12 and would love your input or suggestions on mathematicians I could speak to who are for it.

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​I've done a variety of sketches trying out different characters, and am working on creating numbers in illustrator that can be typed in a downloadable font. I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions for further reading on base 12 and the symbols being used for it:​http://joshthecartoonguy.deviantart.com/art/Base-12-Nu…

​The best way to contact me is through this email: Joshua.Duncan@cune.org, but I'll also check back here for comments.