infovore + cartography + maps   6

Vintage Maps: Trace the Meandering Mississippi
Just beautiful; I really should download the full set.
america  cartography  design  rivers  maps 
august 2015 by infovore
stamen design | Stamen in Icon 109
"I'm super happy with the resulting portrait of where the studio is now: 13 people, working in a garden in the middle of a vibrant city, a strong ethic, and maps and visualizations in active use by the public." A lovely description - it's a brilliant office to be in. Also, they totally have a piano. And: how lovely to see the maps laid out: seeing this issue, it reminds me just how beautiful many of them are, and how well they stand the test of time - Cabspotting, for instance, is increasingly iconic.
stamen  graphics  design  cartography  art  maps 
july 2012 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Trap Rooms
Trap streets - yes, of course. But trap rooms; trap architectures? That's iiinteresting.
trapstreets  traprooms  architecture  cartography  mapping  maps 
november 2010 by infovore
Of Exactitude in Science
"...In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the Study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to the Rigours of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the Discipline of Geography." Finally, found the Borges quotation about a map the size of the world.
borges  maps  mapping  fiction  cartography 
august 2010 by infovore
Natural Earth
"Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software." Oooh.
gis  data  maps  cartography  vector  free 
december 2009 by infovore
New Statesman - City of illusions
"The map is an idealisation, a beautiful illusion of symmetry and grace. It gives form and order to the formless and disordered appearance of the capital." - Peter Ackroyd in the New Statesman, on the exhibition of London's Maps at the BL.
maps  cartography  culture  peterackroyd  london  cities  planning  urban  architecture 
november 2006 by infovore

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