As part of a university course with Nicholas Felton, graphic design student Cooper Smith recently produced a Nike Plus Visualization [cargocollective.com], showing the aggregated view of over 1,000 runs that were tracked by Nike+ between September 7 and December 21 of last year in the vicinity of New York City.
Interestingly, Cooper created a large set of maps to highlight the many different aspects hidden in the geo-located running data. In "Location", one can perceive the power of crowd sourcing data to, for instance, reveal the physical features of the streets without using traditional geographic maps. In "Popularity of Routes", the apparent routes are colored according to their relative frequency. Not unsurprisingly, Central Park and the trails along the edge of Manhattan appear as the most popular areas of physical recreation. The movie "Time of Day" plays all of the runs as they would have occurred on a single day. In "Distance", routes are colored according to their distance, so that one can investigate how the length of a run correlates with where the runners actually come from. In "Pace", routes are highlighted according to their speed, probably revealing physical obstacles or geographical height differences. The "Interruptions" map shows where runners came to a total standstill, most likely due to traffic signals or social encounters.
More student works are available at the Manhattan's School of Visual Arts course page. See also:
. Creating Dynamic Paintings with Nike+ GPS Run Data.
. Nike Grid: Mapping Running Competitions in the City.