Visualizing the rat and bedbug population of New York City.
Rats 'n' Bedbugs is an on-screen interactive visualization of the rat and bedbug populations in New York City.
The interface consists of a map showing the concentration of rats and bedbugs at different focus levels: the entire city, the five boroughs, and the community districts.The focus changes by zooming in and out of the map, through simple mouse clicks on or off the area of interest. This zoom is accompanied by scattering or flocking of pests as the numbers get adjusted, creating a smooth yet disturbing interaction.
Rats 'n' Bedbugs was created by Elie Zananiri.
The application is written in Processing and Java. The map was drawn in Illustrator, then the points were imported into an XML document. All the data was scraped from the NYC government site and the Rats vs. Bedbugs site, then added into the same XML document. This document was then loaded in the application to drive all the data.