WebGL Globe is an open-source platform for geographic visualizations. Those designers creating infographics find it useful to present complex global data in a logical and legible format. However, designers are also using WebGL as a basis to extend 3D graphic visualizations and media through other programs too. This could make WebGL globe a foundation for future creative infographic design using map elements combined with other 3D elements.
WebGL is an interesting experiment as it allows developers to communicate complex information in a legible way. The 2D and 3D features of WebGL offer an artistic representation of geographical bodies as well as historical movements. However, WebGL also offers technical features that make its use even more attractive to web developers and bloggers.
1 – Premade Code
WebGL offers premade source code that only needs to be copied and placed on a webpage. This framework allows any designer, no matter his skill level, to customize data options without needing to redesign the map graphics.
3 – Integrates with HTML 5
WebGL integrates well with HTML5, meaning it can be used in combination to create stunning, innovative designs.
4 – Offers Customisation
WebGL offers experienced designers a framework on which to base their more advanced 3D designs. Using content creation tools like Autodesk Maya or Blender, developers of all skill levels can customise map design options and can publish this 3D content using programs such as p3.d and Sketchfab.
Author Bio: Jason Stevens from jason-stevens.com / Freelance web developer, tech writer and follower of cloud computing trends. Follow him on Twitter: @_jason_stevens_.
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