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Flight Simulator is an app for iOS and Android and "an ode to airplane mode." It celebrates the best part of air travel: peaceful solitude. Choose a destination, enable airplane mode, and enjoy. (Users put their phone in airplane mode for the duration of a real flight in order to "travel" to this location and earn pins for each airport visited.)
Flight Simulator is a collaboration between Laurel Schwulst and Soft (Dan Brewster). It includes algorithmic artwork (pins for each airport) by Aarati Akkapeddi.
Aarati Akkapeddi was commissioned for the pin designs. She explains, "I created code to generate 500 pin designs based on data around the airports such as climate, timezone, number of routes, and altitude. the shape of the pins are according to the altitude (the spikier the higher), the color is a combination of different aspects of the climate, the bubbles on the outer edge symbolize the number of routes, and the size of the center bubble represents the timezone."