The FIFA Development Globe [fifa.com] visualizes the development work across the world by FIFA on an impressive 3D, interactive globe.
All events and projects that are related to the many FIFA programmes and projects are placed on a 3D globe as colorful triangles, which can be filtered by their program types (e.g Financial Assistance Programme, the PERFORMANCE programme, technical support and infrastructure projects). The globe itself is based on an elegant geometric construction, generated to reflect country borders as abstracted geometry by an adaptive, recursive subdivision process. In addition, financial assistance budget spending per country and a timeline of events as well as some background information on the FIFA development programs can be accessed within the application.
The globe tesselation was based on an academic paper titled "Geodesic Discrete Global Grid Systems" and some clever tinkering to also make the smaller-size countries visible.
More detailed information about the whole visualization design and implementation process can be found over at Creative Applications.
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