City Swatches are quick and simple thumbnails of geographic locations, usually cities of similar latitudes and longitudes. Laying out all the city swatches gives a quick and interesting overview of any locations place in the larger scheme of the entire globe.
This is a quick look back at the articles published in 02010 and any updates, follow-ups, corrections or conclusions since their original publication.
HLS World Map
There are several algorithms out there to programatically generate a color from text, but this takes it one step further and generates a color based on a physical location.
Using geonames’ free data set and a few quick lines of scripting, it was possible to convert a table of boring data in to a sovereign country. Even on a blank page, the borders are distinctly visible without the need to draw them explicitly.