Eric Fischer is a programmer and visualization artist whose interest in cartography began with collecting and scanning historical transportation planning maps. He then began making his own, which have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and published in Wired,Popular Science, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe,New York Magazine, and many sites online. Fischer's visually arresting maps combine publicly available data and social media content to reveal surprising patterns and relationships among different kinds of people, their activities, and the places where they live. Fischer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Chicago, and has spent most of his career developing operating systems for smartphones, most recently at Google.
Daily cycles of the city are projected onto a miniature topographic map of San Francisco: the movement of city buses and trains, local-area photos posted to Flickr and geographically located posts sent out via Twitter.