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Five rare and awe-inspiring mountain and river maps
The grandest comparative map of them all has to be the Andriveau & Goujon Comparative Mountains and Rivers Chart. This is where comparative mapping reaches its zenith. On one gigantic sheet, Andriveau & Goujon not only compare and contrast the heights of mountains and the lengths of rivers, but also add a table of waterfalls, show volcanic activity, levels of plant growth and tree lines, and add select cities and European buildings.
maps  history  geography 
2 days ago by terry
The long history of the mind-bending ‘Tiny Planet’ panorama
However, linear perspective was limited in focusing on a single view of a landscape. Creative artists, in the subsequent years, found innovative ways to play with multiple views in perspective; but in general, if an artist bound themselves to realism, landscape painting could only show a single frame in front of the viewer.

Bourrit’s illustration of the 360-degree view of Mont Buet. GENEVA LIBRARY/PUBLIC DOMAIN
While on the summit of Mont Buet, de Saussure had an idea to resolve this conflict:

“Following the method I have employed, the Designer paints the objects exactly as he sees them by turning the paper in proportion to how he turns himself. And those who after his work wish to form an idea of the objects he has defined have but to arrange themselves as though they are placed in the center of the design, adding by the imagination what they see in the middle of the center, and making, by turning the design, the review of all its parts. They see successively all the objects outlined among them, and absolutely what it presents to an Observer situated on the summit of the mountain.”
maps  drawing 
11 days ago by terry
Large-scale drawings of the United Kingdom’s 69 cities by Carl Lavia
Self-taught artist Carl Lavia, who goes by the nickname “Sketch,” has been drawing intricate cities and architecturally-minded illustrations since he was the age of five. Although his early works were imaginative renderings of fictionalized cities, his practice has grown into immensely detailed depictions of large cities from an aerial point of view. Lavia uses ink and archival paper to produce each drawing, which appear like maps from a distance, but have a loose, almost Impressionist style when viewed up close.
art  drawing  cities  maps 
20 days ago by terry
It’s not easy to map the 100 largest islands in the world
To sort islands by size, Garcia used the Equal Earth Projection, which maintains’ areas relative sizes as a way to minimize distortion. Garcia then calculated islands’ areas based on data available through the OpenStreetMap project. Since the idea was to show a general public how the islands stack up next to each other, Garcia explains, “I oriented all islands to the same cartographic north, but to visualize each island, I used a projection that depicts how the island looks like on a standard globe.”
maps  geography 
27 days ago by terry
Historic topographic maps pushed Into 3D
What really sells it is the shadows cast by the topological part of the map onto the borders; it’s particularly evident in the Teton and Acadia maps. I’d love to see an animated version of the mountains pushing up from the flatness of the map.
design  maps  geography 
4 weeks ago by terry
The Jones Live-Map
"Under its guidance the most muddling twists, turns and corners melt away behind you,” read the advertisement. [...]" The Jones Live-Map emancipates you from slavery to great, flopping maps and profound route-books that you can’t make head or tail of without stopping.”
maps  history 
6 weeks ago by terry
24 amazing, homemade Dungeons & Dragons maps
Last week we asked Atlas Obscura readers to send us their greatest DIY Dungeons & Dragons maps. It was a critical success. We received dozens of fantasy adventure maps illustrating the amazing worlds in our readers’ imaginations. From a hand-drawn city nestled inside a giant turtle shell, to a computer-illustrated continent, to a “Paraelemental Plane of Ooze” that’s honestly a little too real, your D&D maps are more incredible than we could have imagined. Every single one calls out for exploration.
games  maps  d&d 
12 weeks ago by terry
The Spilhaus Projection, an ocean map, offers a unique view of the world
This unique map was drafted in 1942 by South African-American geophysicist, oceanographer, inventor, and urban designer Athelstan Spilhaus. It ingeniously places the oceans in the center, resulting in a view that visually unites the bodies of water and transforms the landmasses into negative space. This approach results in an eye-catching map that, for once, takes the cartographical emphasis off of countries.
maps  water 
november 2018 by terry
Atlas of Atlases: Graphic design meta-book samples 1,366 vintage maps
The map is not the territory, but the exception also proves the rule, as in the case of this book, which samples over 1,000 different maps to deconstruct their design approaches and inspire designers through their visuals. It’s not about the territories the original maps were made to represent, but all of the different design strategies embedded in the pages of past atlases.
books  altas  maps 
october 2018 by terry
A hidden resource
I just thought this was clever: In 1880 Chicago inventor Samuel Gross proposed printing scales on the edges of a map’s reverse side, so the user could measure the distance between two points by turning up a corner.
october 2018 by terry
These maps reveal the hidden structures of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books
There are also structures that loop readers through the story in unique ways. Mystery of the Maya, for example, has time travel, and keeps sending the reader back to the same page and place in time. (“Almost as if it were the temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum,” as Doc Brown would say. If you think that’s what it is, click here. If you decide it’s just an “amazing coincidence,” click here.)
maps  books  diagrams 
october 2018 by terry
Native cartography: a bold mapmaking project that challenges Western notions of place
‘More lands have been lost to Native peoples probably through mapping than through physical conflict.’ Maps have been used not only to encroach on Native Americans lands, but to diminish their cultures as well. With every Spanish, French or English placename that eclipses a Native one, a European narrative of place and space becomes further entrenched. In an effort to help reclaim his region for his people, Jim Enote, a Zuni farmer and the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in New Mexico, has organised a unique project intended to help bring indigenous narratives back to the land.
maps  america  culture  geography  history 
october 2018 by terry
A map of the world where the sizes of countries are determined by population
Max Roser has constructed a cartogram of the world where the size of the countries are determined by their populations (big version of the image here). He refers to it as “the map we need if we want to think about how global living conditions are changing”.
maps  geography 
september 2018 by terry
The cowboy cartographer who loved California
In final form, the maps are flamboyant and dense, giving an impression of near-limitless detail. “They’re almost like books,” says Hiller. “You look at a part of them and set it aside, and then come back the next day and look at a different part.” When he’s done exhibitions of Mora’s work, he adds, the maps in particular are “like magnets … People just get totally absorbed in looking at them.”
maps  design  drawings 
september 2018 by terry
Map of GCSE (9 to 1) grade outcomes by county in England
The map shows reformed GCSE full course results (the percentage of students achieving specific grades) in England by subject and county for the summer 2018 examination series as well as the summer 2017 examination series. Data in the map represents the results that were issued on results day for both years (23 August 2018 and 24 August 2017) and do not reflect any changes following post-results services.
schools  data  charts  maps  exams 
august 2018 by terry
Britain edges closer to a hard Brexit
Although much agreement can be found on trade in goods, financial regulation and security measures, the elephant in the room remains the free movement of people. The countries that trade most with Britain are simultaneously most willing to accept Britain’s free-trade proposal, but most against curbing migration flows. The impact of EU migrant labour is the most contentious issue for the government’s Brexit-backing electorate, yet it has since slowed to a relative trickle. Net migration from the EU fell to 100,000 last year, the lowest level since 2013. However, it has been offset by an increase in migrants from outside the EU—suggesting that voters who supported Brexit hoping to slow the inflow of foreigners may be disappointed once it becomes a reality.
politics  europe  brexit  maps  immigration  charts 
august 2018 by terry
Cosmography manuscript (12th Century)
This wonderful series of medieval cosmographic diagrams and schemas are sourced from a late 12th-century manuscript created in England. Coming to only nine folios, the manuscript is essentially a scientific textbook for monks, bringing together cosmographical knowledge from a range of early Christian writers such as Bede and Isodere, who themselves based their ideas on such classical sources as Pliny the Elder, though adapting them for their new Christian context.
astrology  diagrams  history  science  maps 
july 2018 by terry
Indigenous geographies overlap in this colorful online map
FOR CENTURIES, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND their traditional territories have been purposefully left off maps by colonizers as part of a sustained campaign to delegitimize their existence and land claims. Interactive mapping website Native Land does the opposite, by stripping out country and state borders in order to highlight the complex patchwork of historic and present-day Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages that stretch across the United States, Canada, and beyond.
history  geography  usa  australia  maps 
july 2018 by terry
The epic story of the map that gave America its name
Contrarily, according to a letter dated 1504 from Vespucci to Duke Renè that was reprinted in Introduction to Cosmography and describes his four voyages from 1497 to 1504, he reached the mainland a year earlier than Columbus. Historians have called the authenticity of this letter into doubt, but Waldseemüller and Ringmann took Vespucci’s letter at face value, basing their naming of the new continent on its contents.
geography  maps  history 
july 2018 by terry
An interactive map shows just how many roads actually lead to Rome
No one can give you exact directions to Milliarium Aureum (aka the Golden Milestone). Just a few carved marble fragments of the gilded column’s base remain in the Roman Forum, where its original location is somewhat difficult to pinpoint. But as the image above, from interactive map Roads to Rome, shows (view it here), the motto Emperor Caesar Augustus' mighty mile marker inspired still holds true. All roads lead to Rome.
maps  history  italy  rome 
may 2018 by terry
This 11-Foot 'ribbon map' puts the whole Mississippi River in your pocket
It wasn’t just a marketing gimmick, though. By choosing this particular form, Coloney and Fairchild leaned into a particular depiction of the Mississippi that took shape during the Civil War. “There was this idea that because the river went from north to south, it was a great unifier for the country,” Luarca-Shoaf says—that it tied the divided North and South together like, well, a ribbon. At the same time, they took pains to include important battle sites, like Vicksburg. That these sites made it onto the map just a year after the war ended “shows that the war had marked the landscape in more than physical ways,” she says. “It had become part of the history of the place.”
usa  maps  history 
may 2018 by terry
Why is New Zealand so often left off world maps?
These struggles have been laid out for the rest of the world on the Tumblr blog World Maps Without New Zealand with the slogan: “It’s not a very important country most of the time.” This compendium names and shames organizations that really should know better: the Atlantic Media publication Defense One, Forbes, Mashable, Pyongyang International Airport. (Actually, the site’s curators say, there could be upsides to North Korea forgetting New Zealand exists.) Heck, even the New Zealand government has, on occasion, left themselves off the map.
geography  maps 
may 2018 by terry
The entire history of the world—really, all of it—distilled into a single gorgeous chart
The 5-foot-long Histomap was sold for $1 and folded into a green cover, which featured endorsements from historians and reviewers. The chart was advertised as “clear, vivid, and shorn of elaboration,” while at the same time capable of “holding you enthralled” by presenting: "the actual picture of the march of civilization, from the mud huts of the ancients thru the monarchistic glamour of the middle ages to the living panorama of life in present day America."
history  maps  infographics 
january 2018 by terry
Tianducheng Eiffel Tower - Bing Maps
Tianducheng is a housing estate in the suburbs of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Construction at Tianducheng began around 2007. Its central feature is 108-metre-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower and 31 km² of Parisian style architecture, fountains and landscaping.
maps  china  architecture 
january 2018 by terry
Paris Eiffel Tower - Bing Maps
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
maps  paris  architecture 
january 2018 by terry
Artist - Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native who mines imagery from online environments, most typically Google Maps, in an attempt to create candid portraits of humanity and its built environment. Because her practice exists at the intersection of research and aesthetics, Odell has often been compared to a natural scientist (specifically, a lepidopterist).
art  maps 
january 2018 by terry
The true size of ...
This app was created by James Talmage and Damon Maneice. It was inspired by an episode of The West Wing and an infographic by Kai Krause entitled "The True Size of Africa". We hope teachers will use it to show their students just how big the world actually is.
geography  maps  design 
december 2017 by terry
The "True Size" maps show you the real size of every country (and will change your mental picture of the world)
When laid out flat, it’s pleasingly rectangular, and its eastern and western edges line up neatly. But while in reality, lines of longitude converge at the poles; on the map, they're parallel. As a result, the closer you get to the poles, the more distorted the map becomes, and the bigger things look relative to their actual size. Hence the need for such re-imaginings of the world map as The True Size, "a website that lets you compare the size of any nation or US state to other land masses, by allowing you to move them around to anywhere else on the map." 
geography  maps  design 
december 2017 by terry
Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path
In a test flight, Boeing took the thing where you draw using your GPS path to a whole different level. They drew the outline of a plane that spanned the latitude of the conterminous United States.
maps  transport 
august 2017 by terry
Jack Kerouac's On The Road turned into Google driving directions and published as a free eBook
Gregor Weichbrodt, a German college student, took all of the geographic stops mentioned in On the Road, plugged them into Google Maps, and ended up with a 45-page manual of driving directions, divided into chapters paralleling those of Kerouac's original book. You can read the manual -- On the Road for 17,527 Miles-- as a free ebook.
e-books  books  maps 
july 2017 by terry
Total solar eclipse 2017: How rare is the Aug. 21 eclipse path?
If you were born in 1972, you are (or will be) 45 this year. If you live to be 100, there will be 37 more total solar eclipses worldwide in your lifetime. Many will be over Africa and Asia. One will only eclipse over water.
maps  science 
july 2017 by terry
Twisted tracks: watch metro maps transform to real-life geography
Transport maps distort a city’s true geography to strike a balance between readability and design. Scroll down to see how six metro maps compare to the real picture on the ground.
maps  geography  design  transport 
june 2017 by terry
Mappings for choose your own adventure books
Every now and then there’s a visual exploration of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. It seems that each gets a bit more complex, so I appreciate the simplicity of these official maps from Chooseco, which shows the structure of each book.
diagrams  maps  books 
june 2017 by terry
General Election live results map
Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election in April with hopes of a stronger mandate as she heads into complex negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Follow our interactive graphic to get the results as they drop and search for individual constituencies across Britain and Northern Ireland.
politics  uk  maps 
june 2017 by terry
A year of Google maps and Apple maps
Over the course of a year, Google quietly turned its map inside-out – transforming it from a road map into a place map. A year ago, the roads were the most prominent part of the map – the thing you noticed first. Now, the places are.
apple  google  design  maps 
may 2017 by terry
Medieval fantasy city generator
This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size. The generation method is rather arbitrary, the goal is to produce a nice looking map, not an accurate model of a city. Maybe in the future I'll use its code as a basis for some game or maybe not.
games  maps 
may 2017 by terry
Timelapse film shows how the British Library digitized the world's largest atlas, the 6-foot tall "Klencke Atlas" from 1660
The above video, which the British Library posted by way of Daniel Crouch Rare Books, shows a time-lapse of the multiple day shoot, which took several people, a very large room, several lights, and a specially designed stand to hold the heavy volume. The public domain images are now part of the Library’s Picturing Places website, which holds many examples of rare maps, landscapes, and large scale technical drawings.
books  maps 
may 2017 by terry
Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion
It is an “equal-area” map, distorting the shape of countries as a two-dimensional visualization of a three-dimensional globe but accurately scaling surface areas. The result goes a long way to rewriting the historical and socio-political message of the Mercator map, which exaggerates the size of imperialist powers. “This is the start of a three-year effort to decolonize the curriculum in our public schools,” said Colin Rose, assistant superintendent of opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston public schools.
maps  schools  usa 
march 2017 by terry
Earth and Moon Viewer
You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe.
earth  moon  space  maps  science 
march 2017 by terry
Inuit Cartography
In Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), the Inuit people are known for carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried in a mitten, represent coastlines in a continuous line, up one side of the wood and down the other. The maps are compact, buoyant, and can be read in the dark.
february 2017 by terry
John Ogilby's Britannia Part One entire 1775
The format he chooses for his Atlas is highly original, a system of scrolled parchment taking the reader from one destination, often London’s outskirts, to a designated town looking only straight ahead. Only once does a scroll (or at least the illusion of its unfurling,) received a variation – when the traveller to Aberistwith (plate 1) – takes a bifurcation to Oxford. The rules of reading are made very clear and sensible in the preamble. Each strip has an accompanying compass rose to register changes of orinetation. The peripheral information is eccentric and often perverse – but always fascinating.
history  maps  uk 
january 2017 by terry
The 'Balloon Maps' that aided exploration, war, and tourism
In an age of transatlantic flights and Google Earth, Baldwin’s suggestions seem a bit quaint. But in his time, when almost everyone was stuck on the ground, Baldwin’s attempts to pin down an accurate sky-view were heroic. Over the following century, entrepreneurs, military spies, and tourist boards alike would follow his lead, transforming some of the world’s most vital views into lovely, quirky “balloon maps.”
maps  history 
january 2017 by terry
How we made Hell and High Water
Our interactive story, "Hell and High Water," includes a map with seven animated simulations depicting a large hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston region. Four of the scenarios depict a hurricane hitting with existing storm protection infrastructure in place; three envision storm protection projects proposed by a number of universities in Texas.
weather  maps  datavisualisation 
november 2016 by terry
Hell and High Water: why isn’t Texas ready for the next big hurricane?
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Learn why Texas isn't ready.
weather  maps  datavisualisation 
november 2016 by terry
Immigration in Europe: Map of the percentages and countries of origin of immigrants
Mi­gra­tion is a com­mon phe­nomenon in Europe. The growth in the num­ber of mi­grants has been even more pro­nounced after the form­a­tion of the European Eco­nomic Area, which com­prises most European coun­tries and which al­lows European cit­izens to move freely within its bor­ders. The fol­low­ing map shows the num­ber of im­mig­rants to European coun­tries as a per­cent­age of the total pop­u­la­tion of each given coun­try. It is based on a 2015 study by the United Na­tions.
data  europe  politics  maps 
november 2016 by terry
See maps of war, social movement & Middle Earth from the British Library's new exhibition
The exhibition explores this through five zones of mapping a new world, war, peace, the market and mapping for movement. Curator Tom Harper took five years on the project, and reminds us to look at the maps objectively. Each mapmaker had to choose what to put in the middle, what to leave in and what to take out. This makes maps witnesses of the past, but not always reliable, he says.
november 2016 by terry
Measuring and Mapping the World, by USAF Air Photographic and Charting Service
From 1961, United States Air Force documentary on cartography and geography in the Space Age - a profile of the 1370th Photo Mapping Wing of the Military Airlift Transport Service.
october 2016 by terry
Map Poetry by Lisa Charlotte Rost
Map Poetry (how I define it) has all these traits, especially the first two ones. Map Poetry doesn’t give us the overview, how maps usually do it. Map Poetry focuses on a subset of the world and looks at it from a subjective standpoint rather than a seemingly objective god-like perspective. Map Poetry makes us aware that the territory out there is, indeed, complicated, and complex and entangled. And that we all perceive it differently.
design  datavisualisation  maps 
october 2016 by terry
Brexit — a story in maps
Nonetheless, this map contains the most information of any single Brexit result map (continuous scale, population density, voter turnout) I’ve seen.If the map isn’t distinct and obvious, it’s because the results aren’t either. The more information you add, the closer you get to reality, and the less clear the picture becomes.
maps  data  politics  uk  europe 
october 2016 by terry
Tron 2.0 - Creating a Visual Language of Scale · Mapzen
Today we introduce TRON version 2 as a fully realized Mapzen house style, rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest features of the Tangram graphics engine and Tangram blocks. With this new version, visual forms and elements transform per zoom, revealing new cartographic details and a deep exploration of scale transformations.
october 2016 by terry
The Earth's weather functions as an interdependent system. For example, a hurricane in the Atlantic has the ability to influence the distribution of pressure formations in Europe. Occasionally, it may even make its way to Europe itself as a post-tropical storm. The Ventusky application allows for the illustration of the interdependence of the entire system, displaying the development of pressure, wind, cloud cover, precipitation, and temperature on the map.
datavisualisation  weather  maps 
october 2016 by terry
Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars
Recently I’ve been really into old maps made by medieval explorers. I thought it would be fun to use their historical design style to illustrate our current adventures into unexplored territory. So here’s my hand-drawn topographic map of Mars, complete with official landmark names and rover landing sites.
maps  planets 
february 2016 by terry
Why digital maps are inaccurate in China
Indeed, Borges ends his tiniest of parables with an image of animals and beggars living wild amidst the “tattered ruins” of an abandoned map, unaware of what its original purpose might have been—perhaps foreshadowing the possibility that travelers several decades from now will wander amidst remote Chinese landscapes with outdated GPS devices in hand, marveling at their apparent discovery of some parallel, dislocated version of the world that had been hiding in plain view.
maps  china  borges 
february 2016 by terry
Paula Scher’s insanely detailed US maps elevate data viz to fine art
IF YOU WERE to ask Paula Scher, the famed graphic designer, if there’s something she’s trying to say with the maps she’s spent the last couple of decades painting, she wouldn’t have much of an answer for you. Design might be about answers, but art is about questions. And right now, Scher, despite her better-known work as a partner at Pentagram, is fully embracing her role as an artist.
art  painting  maps 
february 2016 by terry
European word translator: an interactive map
Enter one or two lower-case English words to see translations from Google Translate
europe  maps  language  interactivity 
february 2016 by terry
How the world went from 170 million people to 7.3 billion, in one map
At 3:20, the Mongol invasion of China begins in the early 13th century, killing huge segments of the population. The Mongol conquests are still considered one of the deadliest wars in history, killing tens of millions of people at a time when the world population was much smaller — around 360 million.
geography  statistics  maps  video 
february 2016 by terry
The History of Cartography, the "most ambitious overview of map making ever," now free online
The University of Chicago Press has made available online — at no cost — the first three volumes of The History of Cartography. Or what Edward Rothstein, of The New York Times, called “the most ambitious overview of map making ever undertaken.”
books  history  maps 
september 2015 by terry
Klencke Atlas 1660
The programme looks at some of the largest and most elaborate maps ever produced, from the vast maps on the floor of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, to the 24 volume atlas covering just the Netherlands, to the largest Atlas in the world, The Klencke Atlas. It was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But whilst being one of the British Libraries most important items, it is also one of its most fragile so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a King.
books  video  history  maps 
september 2015 by terry
Excel map hack
"While pivoting data in Excel, it occurred to me that I could drag the latitude data into the row and the longitude data into the column. The result would be a 1980's-Nintendo-looking chunky cell map (which, if I make the cells square, happens to be a pseudo-equirectangular projection). Low and behold..."
excel  maps 
june 2015 by terry
100 years of National Geographic maps
"The November 1988 map of Mount Everest, which took four years to produce, relied on a high-resolution camera carried on the Columbia space shuttle and 160 overlapping aerial images taken from a Learjet flying at 40,000 feet to map 380 square miles of the region."
geography  history  maps 
february 2015 by terry
Welcome to Nowheresville
"Author of The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr, on where automation is taking us and the effect our increasing reliance on digital maps may be having on our minds."
digital  philosophy  technology  maps 
january 2015 by terry
Legendary lands: Umberto Eco on the greatest maps of imaginary places and why they appeal to us
Above all, however, Eco sees in the imaginary a counterintuitive assurance of reality — fictional narratives, in a strange way, is the only place where we can become unmoored from our existential discomfort with uncertainty, for in fiction everything is precisely and unambiguously as it was intended.
umbertoeco  maps  books 
november 2014 by terry
Data maps of higher education provision - 'HE cold spots'
"These maps are a toolkit to explore a wide selection of higher education and economic data. Interactive and detailed, they can be focused on local areas and topics of particular interest."
statistics  maps  universities 
october 2014 by terry
This map shows all the countries that have declared independence from the United Kingdom
"If Scotland does becomes independent this week, it will join a long list of nations that have freed themselves from the Empire's chokehold. The map below shows you all the countries that used to be part of the British Empire."
politics  uk  geography  maps 
september 2014 by terry
An atlas of alternative maps by Tim Berners-Lee, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, John Maeda, Kevin Kelly, John Baldessari, and more
Just when it might seem like the world doesn’t need another book about maps, Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies (public library) — a magnificent compendium envisioned and culled by legendary curator Hans Ulrich Obrist — proves otherwise. With more than 130 maps by a wide-ranging roster of luminaries spanning art, science, technology, literature, architecture, film, and more — including John Baldessari, Tim Berners-Lee, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Kevin Kelly, Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, John Maeda, Sean Carroll, Douglas Rushkoff, and Marcus du Sautoy — the book offers a living reminder that rather than objective representations of reality, maps are invariably projections in both the literal and the metaphorical sense, projecting onto the world the mapmaker’s subjective, abstract, psychoemotionally charged ideas about what is real and meaningful.
maps  art  damienhirst  timbernerslee 
august 2014 by terry
Virtual Tour de France 2014 route
"Take a virtual ride around the complete route for the 101st edition Tour de France departing in Leeds and finishing in Paris."
video  maps 
july 2014 by terry
A Map of the Second-Largest Religion in Each State
"The Washington Post brings us this fascinating map that shows the second-largest religion in each U.S. state (Christianity is the largest religion in every state). Islam is the second-largest religion in 20 states and Judaism is number 2 in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast." Nice to see Buddhism doing so well.
maps  religion  geography 
june 2014 by terry
40 Maps That Explain The Middle East
Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.
culture  history  politics  maps 
may 2014 by terry
The definitive stereotype map of Britain and Ireland
Please note: BuzzFeed does not endorse these stereotypes. This work is merely for reference purposes.
uk  humour  satire  maps 
april 2014 by terry
Elaborate new portraits drawn on vintage maps by Ed Fairburn
"Using a wide variety of canvases including railroad blueprints, star charts, geological and street maps, Welsh artist Ed Fairburn uses additive and subtractive techniques to create portraits that seem perfectly integrated with the topography of streets, mountains and rivers."
art  portraits  maps 
january 2014 by terry
Earth wind globe - an amazing visualization of global weather conditions
An amazing visualization of global weather conditions. You can rotate the globe and watch the wind patterns at different altitudes.
weather  datavisualisation  maps 
january 2014 by terry
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive as layers mapped onto Google’s existing map engine.
google  maps 
december 2013 by terry
Corrected Map of London
"Here’s how central London would look if the Tube map was geographically correct"
london  maps 
august 2013 by terry
Fictional detectives - Google Maps
Fictional detectives around the world
maps  fiction 
august 2013 by terry
Accidental art: Apple Maps glitches create surreal scenes
"All of the notorious glitches on Apple’s Maps app make it incredibly frustrating to use for practical purposes, but it still has value – as accidental art. When two-dimensional images are incorrectly mapped onto three-dimensional topography, the results can be fascinating, creating landscapes and architecture that look alien and futuristic."
glitch  maps  apple 
june 2013 by terry
CSS Tube Map
A useful reference though I'm not planning on going down there for a while.
london  maps 
may 2013 by terry
Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline | Brain Pickings
From literature to art history to technology, Cartographies of Time offers a fascinating and dimensional lens on what it means to peer from a single moment of time outward into all other moments that came before and will come after, and inward into our own palpable yet subjective perception of permanence and its opposite.
books  history  maps  diagrams 
january 2013 by terry
555 - Forza Cornwall! A Journey in Two Legs | Strange Maps | Big Think
"On Gunn’s poster, two cartographic inserts pair Cornwall with Italy as the two legs of a particularly knock-kneed, yet high-heeled, map creature. The legends are carefully arranged to heighten the sense of symmetry: Atlantic matches with Adriatic, the English Channel with the Mediterranean."
maps  geography 
march 2012 by terry
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