Border Bumping

d3-js , geography , leaflet , vizualisation

Border Bumping uses people’s perception of geo-localization (based on cellphone data) as a means of distorting national borders. National borders are a construct, usually represented by a line on a map or demarcated by a sign, that signifies your movement from one place to another and more specifically, from country to country or state to state. Most of the time you can’t see or feel that you are crossing a border, rather you seamlessly move across space like when traveling on a train or by plane. However, these transitions can become evident if you have a cellphone that notifies you that you’re roaming or out of service.

Using these cellphone based notifications, Julian Oliver created this project, Border Bumping, on which I proudly worked with Till Nagel on the visualization side. Featured on the creators project.

Till wrote a nice a documentation on our Design and Programming Progress which describes well our process.

It was a great experience to work with a highly motivated team, between beers, loads of coffee, berlin hack style and night sessions.

To sum it up, i give you a quick look in to the technology:

The code is OpenSource on GitHub.