Mapping San Francisco’s Urban Forest

TreesHi Everyone. My name is Paul Hoppe and I am one of the summer interns here at Moving Brands in SF. Like my friend and fellow intern Tomo I am also studying Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design.

At the end of my first work week most of the SF crew was out for drinks and I was talking to Ben about my interest in creative coding. He recommended that I look into a class at GAFFTA where friend of MB Tom Carden was teaching workshops in Processing. I had been trying to learn Processing on my own but this seemed like a good opportunity to accelerate the process and get some good hands on experience so I signed up for Processing 200: Data Visualization.

It was an intense couple of weeks but I went from having a barely working knowledge of Processing to feeling fairly comfortable parsing a data set and visualizing it in different ways. The first project we worked on for the class was mapping all the 60,000+ urban trees planted by the city of San Francisco [see image]. As a designer it was exciting to see the numbers come to life in a visual and meaningful way.

I’m still just learning how to do this but I’m already getting a chance to use my new skills as we are currently working on a project here at MB SF with similarly mapped data.