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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's Checklist for Maps
Yep, this all seems like a very good list to me. Filed away for the next time I have to do anything with maps.
stamen  code  interaction  maps  guidelines 
june 2014 by infovore
Below the Boat - Welcome
Lasercut contour maps of what's underwater. Gorgeous.
maps  wood  water  lasercutting 
january 2013 by infovore
The City from the Valley, 2012 | Stamen Design
"That's when we realized how big this was, and that we'd need outside help. We enlisted people to go to stops, measure traffic and count people getting off and on and we hired bike messengers to see where the buses went. The cyclists used Field Papers to transcribe the various routes and what they found out, which we recompiled back into a database of trips, stops, companies and frequency. At a rough estimate, these shuttles transport about 40% of the amount of passengers Caltrain moves each day." This is brilliant.
stamen  transit  maps  sf  siliconvalley 
september 2012 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
From Satellite Eyes | scraplab
"I’ve just released a little Mac app I’ve been working on for a while. It’s called Satellite Eyes. It’s pretty simple. It just sits in your menu tray, and changes your desktop wallpaper to the satellite image or map view from overhead." I've had a preview build for a while, and this is just lovely. Well done, Tom.
satelliteeyes  aerial  imagery  maps  photographs  osx  utility 
june 2012 by infovore
stamen design | Weather weather everywhere
Some really good "show everything" in this post about a new Stamen project.
showeverything  maps  stamen  weather 
june 2012 by infovore
stamen design | Watercolor Textures
"The process of going back and forth from painting to the computer became a continuous cycle. Midway through as I became more and more familiar with the outcome of how the actual texture would appear on the screen when tiled, my painting process became more specific to achieve the desired texture, color, darkness, stroke, range of value that I wanted for each feature on the map." Lovely stuff from Geraldine on painting, textures, and process.
painting  texture  design  maps  process  stamen  watercolour 
march 2012 by infovore
stamen design | Esquire: where the maps come from
"I've often felt a sense of sadness that it's only the final piece that sees the light of day; there's a lightness to the experimentation that goes into the early parts of projects, when you're not worried so much about final implementation and instead can just play. We're going to start exposing some of this process, and this post is about the thinking that went into, a recent project for Esquire Magazine." Lovely post from Stamen about the early stages of invention for this project.
showeverything  stamen  design  maps  invention 
february 2012 by infovore
Adventures (in code) - Alastair Coote • I had no idea how to make custom maps, so I learnt by doing. You should too.
Nice post about building your own maptiles in Tilemill. Something to return to when I have a location-specific maps problem to solve, perhaps.
maps  design  programming 
february 2012 by infovore
Unto the Ends of the Earth // Satirical maps of the Great War, 1914-1915
Remarkable satirical maps from the First World War; the Raemaekers is especially brilliant.
maps  satire  firstworldwar  wwi  cartoons  illustration  history 
december 2011 by infovore
[this is aaronland] the unbearable finality of pixel space
"I've long held that all media transit from being "functional" to "art" when they are no longer economically viable. It is that transition which dampers the cost and the consequence of failure and makes the space necessary for people to experiment and play. Think of lithography which was born of purely utilitarian needs and sherparded the arrival of the mass-produced image only to become capital-O objects as soon as the offset press was invented." I love Aaron.
art  design  maps  aaronstraupcope  culture 
october 2011 by infovore
Kindle Specific Map Style
"I have made a custom Mapnik style file that's optimized for Amazon Kindle display." Pretty.
geo  kindle  maps  mapnik  eink 
september 2011 by infovore
The System of the World: Rorschmap Redux |
"What I am interested in is how my Rorschmap differs from those other instantiations. What I am interested in is how digitisation changes not just the format of a thing, but its fundamental essence."
maps  rorschmap  jamesbridle  buddhanature  digitisation 
september 2011 by infovore
Jerry's Map on Vimeo
Explorations in fictional geography, seeded from a deck of cards, and methodically produced over many years. A lovely film, too: careful in the way it explains Jerry's map. Brilliant.
maps  art  geography  fiction  jerrygretzinger 
august 2011 by infovore
Rorschmap |
"Rorschmap is cartographic navel-gazing, a reframing of the map. It will not help you find anything. We are bored with your squares and your margins. We want new shapes and new dimensions, the unicode snowmen of visual representation. †‡†, as the man said." I am wearing out the "James is brilliant" button on my keyboard, but I will keep pressing it as long as he does this sort of thing.
stml  jamesbridle  maps  dymaxion  newaesthetic 
july 2011 by infovore
"Designers get handed a tool kit that has as many tools as a good swiss army knife, and the maps reflect these tools. Millions of people use them to make appointments across town, find restaurants, and drive home for the holidays.

But what if, instead of a swiss army knife, we used a box of crayons? Or charcoal and newsprint? Or play-doh? What would those maps look like? What could they tell us about the world?"
data  design  maps  mapping  stamen  whynotmakeitpretty 
july 2011 by infovore
"Design, host and share your own custom maps." Interesting - tile hosting, tile creation.
opensource  maps  mapping  gis  hosting 
april 2011 by infovore
last week: NoGIS (tecznotes)
"We’ve seen how Peak MHz capped the speed of verbs, but nouns continued to get cheaper to store and serve." This is all good, but that's a cracking sentence.
mikemigurski  gis  geo  maps  rest  mooreslaw  verbs  nouns 
april 2011 by infovore
airport city / march 2011
"Airport City is a slippy map of airport runways and highway on/off ramps rendered using OpenStreetMap data (OSM). ...I became fascinated with the on and off ramps, in OSM, during and still following the creation of prettymaps in 2010. To see them in isolation is to see the gravitation push and pull (the wind patterns and dance moves) of the cities they make possible." Yep, still love Aaron.
aaronstraupcope  maps  cities  gravitaiton  airports  transit  ingressandegress 
march 2011 by infovore
Rebecca Solnit's 'Infinite City' Maps SF in a Whole New Light | 7x7
“Cartography used to be both an art and a science. I wanted to return to that.” This was my present to myself, as a souvenir, from SF. Looking forward to reading it properly - especially all the areas I never had a chance to visit - and can already confirm the maps are gorgeous. But really, it's about the whole package.
books  maps  sanfrancisco  rebeccasolnit 
february 2011 by infovore
scraplab — Admiralty Chart Correction Tracings
"Ships will subscribe to the service through a third party, and receive the latest copy of the book when they dock at port. They tear out each page, and apply the relevant changes to their paper maps with a pencil and transfer paper. They’re paper map diffs, if you like." Awesome. And, as Tom said, it's a beautiful book.
maps  charts  navigation  diffs  paper 
january 2011 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
Images captured via Google Streetview cameras; some are incredible, others, beautiful.
streetview  google  maps  photography  tumblr 
november 2010 by infovore
[this is aaronland] that's how the light gets in
"This is the part that interests me: What happens to a person's experience of prettymaps when the echoes of their own life start to make up the map itself? What happens when the only streets on a map are those you and your friends have traveled?"
aaronstraupcope  maps  friends  geo  data 
september 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
Maps - Boing Boing
"Videogames are systems, not themes, but dress a system in the right theme and you can catch the attention of someone who would not otherwise be interested. So it is for my father, who, in these awkwardly rendered moments, catches a glimpse of what I'd been seeing my entire childhood." Lovely, lovely piece of writing from Simon.
simonparkin  writing  videogames  games  maps  jrpgs 
july 2010 by infovore
Bing Destination Map: Automatic Napkin Sketching of Maps - information aesthetics
"...Bing Destination Maps [] seems quite interesting as a new way of rendering geographical maps in a more visually simplified, understandable and accessible way. In other words, imagine one can now create a sort of information-optimized summary maps, similar to those you would quickly draw yourself on the back of napkin." It is slow and a bit beta, and the loading graphic is crackers... but otherwise, this is superb.
piratemaps  bing  maps  sketching  approximation  npr 
june 2010 by infovore
The Nile, just south of San Francisco « Snarkmarket
"It’s an old “Paramount Studio map of California’s geographical facsimiles”—that is, places that can stand in for other places.

Siberia! Switzerland! Africa! What a state!"
maps  geography  film  cinema  location  psychogeography 
may 2010 by infovore
[this is aaronland] milkshake whispering
"Maps are having their F-64 moment, right now, which is important and wonderful but I don't think anyone really wants to live in a world with an infinite depth of field. It's an appealing idea but then something like the Hipstamatic comes along and we all get irrationally weak in the knees, all over again." As usual with Aaron, I could quote most of the article, but in this case, I'll pick my favourite piece of writing, rather than perhaps the most succint quotation; just read the whole thing. (And: I wish I could code or even write like this).
maps  straup  photographs  boundaries  borders  resolution 
april 2010 by infovore
Year of the Dungeon
"Welcome to I'm still getting this thing ready, but here's the plan: starting in the first week of January, I'm going to post 3 new microdungeons a week." Dungeons drawn on 4" x 3" stock, three a week for a year. Yet another 365-style project I'm going to end up subscribing to.
365  projects  art  maps  roleplaying  dungeons  fictionalarchitecture 
january 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
Creating an audiogeography from walks through the silence at
"We would then take the data generated from these walks and plot them into a computer representation of the area and generate visualisations from that. Building an audiogeography superimposed on the physical landscape with the sound levels as experienced by somebody who would walk through the area." Some nice work from Alper and Kars.
processing  art  visualisation  sound  silence  rendering  geography  maps 
november 2009 by infovore
Kosmograd: Branding the boroughs 2
"John Leighton's hexagonal map only extended about 6 miles from the centre of London, but it's a relatively process to extend more concentric rings of hexes, turning the Great Wen into a setting for a boardgame, Settlers of Catan or Squad Leader re-imagined upon London." Wargaming/Catan pretty much leapt into my mind, too. I like this.
london  maps  cities  hex  grid  identity  branding 
october 2009 by infovore
scraplab — “A world and a life in which you are always the centre of the map”
"On my todo list still is an evil twin of iamnear, designed to be difficult and disorientating in use, but rewarding in unexpected ways should you persevere with it. As Kevin Slavin recently said in his talk at the BLDGBLOG book launch: “a world and a life in which you are always the centre of the map… fuck that”."
geo  place  location  selfcentered  dissonace  kevinslavin  maps  tomtaylor  iamnear 
july 2009 by infovore
"From 30th June to 25th August, I'll be following a route across Scotland from the south western tip of Mull to the outskirts of Edinburgh, as charted in Chapters 14–27 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’." I remember talking to Tim about this at BookCamp; it's great to see it in-the-world.
books  literature  maps  walking  media  kidnapped  stevenson  timwright 
july 2009 by infovore
Lee Maguire – Destruction by Advancement of Technology
"Strange that, in order the simulate the experience of moving without the guidance of a machine, we are granted the perspective of a god." Lee on games and perspective and HUDs and comics and maps and navigation and more. Ding.
leemaguire  maps  navigation  games  graphics  hud  comics  ironman 
may 2009 by infovore
Map of Shanghai, as Sim-City style rendered projection; is this useful? Or is this just a style of imagery computer users are used to?
maps  illustration  projection  simcity  shanghai  cities 
may 2009 by infovore
Here and There
"Because the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it's how maps should work." The maps of New York Jack's been working on for a while are now available to buy. Having seen them in the flesh, I can tell you they're properly beautiful.
maps  art  design  schulzeandwebb  projection  nyc  newyork 
may 2009 by infovore
Matthew Bloch - accidents
"A collection of accidents that happened while working on maps and other graphics." Bloopers from interactive infographics. Delightful; the patina and happy accidents of the 21st century.
infographics  maps  data  visualisation  error  happyaccident  bloopers 
march 2009 by infovore
Etching overview on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"Last night I laser-etched the top of my Eee PC with the complete level maps of Super Mario Land ( on the Game Boy)." Just beautiful. (Thanks, Offworld!)
games  maps  pixelart  laseretching  etching  supermarioland 
january 2009 by infovore
Gaza - a set on Flickr
For those of you who might not be aware of its size, James has put the size of Gaza in context through comparing it to maps of other cities. Simple, effective communication.
infographics  maps  comparison  gaza  jamesbridle 
january 2009 by infovore
Fallout 3 Capital Wasteland - Planet Fallout
"See what's been discovered by the Wasteland inhabitants!" Collaborative slippymap of what people are finding in the DC Wasteland in Fallout 3.
fallout  games  fallout3  maps  mapping  ugc 
november 2008 by infovore
"Uses the Flickr shapefiles to show you where the world thinks its neighbours are." Damnit I wish Tom would stop magicking up awesomeness all the time.
geo  location  geolocative  flickr  bounadries  woe  places  geography  psychogeography  maps 
november 2008 by infovore
Joyce Walks because somewhere sometimes it's always bloomsday
"Joyce Walks is a psychogeographical art project which generates walking maps for any city in the world based on remapping routes from Ulysses allowing users to create a mashup of their own walk to be shared with other users both on the Joyce Walks site and as embeddable maps on any site."
maps  psychogeography  joyce  ulysses  walking  mapping  surreal 
october 2008 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: you're doing it wrong
"The big dilemma is that needs are different. I’m normally on Mobile Google Maps when I’m frantically trying to find a place, often the hotel I’ve booked. I’m lost, I want to sleep – I’m not exploring the possibility space, and I don’t want to wade through marketing garbage. Note that this doesn’t make sense for these kinds of advertisers either: I’ve booked already, and I don’t want alternatives." Once again, the problems of the mobile context (rather than the mobile technology) rear their heads.
mobile  advertising  geo  geolocational  maps  google 
october 2008 by infovore
"The Geoblogomatic is little machine that turns blogs into maps. It's in beta" "If you have a blog about places, or things in places, the Geoblogomatic can make a map of your blog posts." Awesome. Another fun thing from Tom.
geo  location  blogs  locative  maps 
october 2008 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: The Atlas of All Possible Bank Robberies
"you make a labyrinth of well-placed incisions and the city is yours. Perforated from below by robbers, it rips to pieces. The city is a maze of unrealized break-ins."
theft  maps  cities  buildings  transgression  architecture  urbanism  disruptive 
august 2008 by infovore - The Premier Toilet Search Engine
"Diaroogle helps you find quality public toilets from your mobile phone. It's for the discerning, on-the-go defecator who is brave enough to use a public bathroom, but still demands a hygienic and private bathroom experience. It is also a community authored database of New York toilets."
web  reference  pun  toilets  bathrooms  nyc  locative  mobile  maps  geo 
august 2008 by infovore
Trulia Snapshot: Images and Maps of Homes for Sale
"Snapshot provides an alternative view of listings from Trulia and was developed in collaboration with Stamen Design." Beautiful - great connection between filmstrip and main panel, and the motion blur hits the delight sensor on the head.
stamen  trulia  maps  mapping  realestate  visualisation  property  flash  infographics  dataviz 
may 2008 by infovore
Google Maps: A Drug Deal Caught From Every Angle
"For the "streetview" feature of Google Maps, the search engine's agents tour around city neighborhoods in a discreet van. Sometimes they catch more than just identifiable landmarks." In this case, they catch a drug deal in progress.
google  photography  maps  surveillance  streetview  chicago 
march 2008 by infovore
CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Bible According To Google Earth
"God’s Eye View portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth." Striking, jarring; curiously impersonal. Parting of the Red Sea is, to my mind, the best.
art  projection  maps  biblical 
december 2007 by infovore
Flickr: The From Memory (was: Maps From Memory) Pool
People draw maps and more from memory. The results are interesting to say the least, and, at times, beautiful.
maps  drawing  flickr  illustration  art  memory 
november 2007 by infovore
exploration – maslen's mythical sea - atmitchell
"European settlers found it difficult to accept that a continent as large as Australia could have no great rivers comparable to those of Africa or North and South America." Beautiful, incorrect, cartography.
history  maps  Australia  geography 
august 2007 by infovore
Official Google Maps API Blog: Microformats in Google Maps
"Today we're happy to announce that we are adding support for the hCard microformat to Google Maps results."
microformats  google  maps  hcard 
august 2007 by infovore
Web 2.0 Technologies: GeoKit: a plugin for location-based Rails apps
Geokit is a Rails plugin for building location-based apps. It provides geocoding, location finders, and distance calculation in one cohesive package.
ruby  rails  rubyonrails  maps  geo  geocoding  data  plugin 
february 2007 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
Battleship:GoogleEarth (a 1st Life/2nd Life mashup)
Awesome - Julian starts building a game of Battleships played out in the real world and Google Earth, using a mobile phone as a geolocator. It'll be interesting to see how this develops
locational  maps  technology  games  research  battleships 
july 2006 by infovore

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