Across cultures, people feel increased activity in different parts of the body as their mental state changes.
Great maps and beautiful places
Curated by Seth Dixon
What's involved with creating a map for a fictional world? In the video above, Ottawa-based cartographer Mark Richardson explains how long it takes, where he gets the data, and how the real world can overlap with the fabricated realities.
By day Richardson is a professional cartographer and graphic designer with the federal government, but by night he runs Green Hat Designs, a freelance cartography company that creates stunning maps for board games.
Scribble Maps is a company that allows everyone from hobbyists, students, governments and military officials to draw, create, embed, and share maps easily. The basic service is completely free and allows users to create custom maps, widgets, and images. They can then share their custom maps with friends or publish them to a website/blog.
Users can add custom images/overlays to their maps, place text, place markers, draw shapes, and draw great circle lines. They can also use distance and area calculators, create maps on WordPress, create map images, PDFs, a variety of other files, and send maps to friends.
I am a freak for the American road trip. And I'm not alone, as some of this country's best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially American experience.The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times.
|Suggested by Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks|
"Kind of fun. Branden Rishel mapped just the time zones. No borders or countries for context. In case you're confused and want to know where these lines come from, BBC News made an interactive that explains why time zones are the way they are."
Some of these are awfully, some are unintentionally awesome, but I think the one above might be even better than that. It's as if the cartographer in this one is purposefully making that gives us no knew information in the least informative way possible on purpose to make a snarky critique on the abundance of ill-conceived maps out there.
|Suggested by Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM|
Maps can illuminate our world; they can enlighten us and make us see things differently; they can show how demographics, history, or countless other factors interact with human and physical geography. But, sometimes, maps can be utter disasters, either because they're wrong or simply very dumb. Here are a collection of maps so hilariously bad that you may never trust the form again. Tellingly, the bulk of the collection comes from cable TV news.
There's been a sudden bump in grid maps lately taking the place of state choropleths. For example, Haeyoun Park used them to show changes in state laws for gay marriage. The advantage over the choropleth is that each state gets equal visual space, and the placement still lets people find specific states and interpret geographic relationships.
The grid format is pretty much universally liked, but now we must ask what shape is best?
Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next. I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground. Straight lines, 45º angles, simple geometry. The result is more of an abstract network representation than you would find on most maps, but it’s also a lot more fun. The geography is intentionally distorted to clarify relationships. I think it helps translate the sort of visual language of nature into a more engineered one, putting the organic in more constructed terms. Not every line depicted is navigable, but all are important to the hydrological systems shown.
Seth Kadish of the blog Vizual Statistix used government data to create this fascinating map of the longest interstate highways in the continental U.S. The curvy line shows the interstate’s actual route, while the straight line shows its “geodesic” distance, basically the shortest distance between its two endpoints. The difference between those figures is graphed […]
An atlas of 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.
Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species.