Creating a Statistical Map

Learn how to create a world map for data visualization in this videotutorial by ETCWilde.

ETCWilde writes:

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a statistical map using blender. We will use cycles, but it wouldn’t be too hard to convert it to using the blender internal engine.

To create the regions, we will extrude vertex-by-vertex to outline the region. Then select all the vertices and create an n-gon.

The statistical map can be used to show metrics for regions around the world, or wherever.

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  • Sparkwood and 21

    Rather fortunate timing of this, as I need to create a stastical map in blender to show some information. Thanks!

  • Erik

    Nice tutorial.
    But what really got me going was the Color Scheme Designer.
    Now i know an (better alternative) to the ado.. kuler!
    Thanks!

  • Evan

    Oh wow, I just got featured. That would explain all the subscriptions and views. Thanks guys!
    I am glad you guys are enjoying it.

  • Tim

    I haven’t completed watching the tutorial, so I might be wrong, but you can import 2D images (maps etc) which are .svg or other vector file formats as splines into blender, then simply use the spline extrude and done!

    • DMK

      Yes, yes you can. I didn’t think of using extrude vector though to draw with, so that’s a great new tool added to my list.

    • DMK

      Yes, yes you can. I didn’t think of using extrude vector though to draw with, so that’s a great new tool added to my list.

  • Thomas M.

    What theme are you using and where can I get it? I love it….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitti2000 Thomas Mittermair

    What theme are you using and where can I get it? I love it….

    • Evan

      It is a modified version of Ubuntu Ambiance. I thought that the orange colour looked better than the purple so I changed it and some other things, but overall, it is Ubuntu Ambiance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitti2000 Thomas Mittermair

    btw. Russia is mostly Asia

    • Evan

      Physically, yes. In terms of where the population is, no. Seeing as this is for counting people, I figured that I would count say that it is part of Europe. I agree though, it does look kind of silly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anuga Johan ‘Anuga’ Ekström

    Wouldn’t it be easier to do a bump map of the color ramp?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lyle-Walsh/511883639 Lyle Walsh

    You went to all that work to make the world map, it would be a useful thing to post in blendswap. Thanks for the nice tutorial.