Design Japan

Web Trends Map 2007

iA Web Trends Map 2007 2.0

I’ve long been a fan of quasi-geographic visualisation and after stumbling across this beautiful rendering of 200 popular sites on the net by Information Architects, a “Strategic Design Agency” in Japan, I felt the need to share and enjoy!

If you’re feeling a sense of déjà vu when looking at the map then that’s because it’s closely based on the Tokyo metro map – mind-boggling in itself. Each line has been given a theme (e.g. Technology, News…) and some vague logic has been applied to the placement of each site as well as a “weather” forecast for future prospects. For those who know Tokyo, you might spot a few in-jokes here also!

No matter what you make of the utility of the map it’s pretty cool 🙂


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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