From sketches on the back of a napkin to beautiful hand-illustrated posters, subjective and personal maps often convey the emotions and quirks of places much better than maps that aim for an accurate and objective portrayal of the world.
Razvan Bogza's insight:
"Most maps are designed so that you can find your way and view the world as it is, but sometimes the most delightful and interesting maps are created when we use them to tell stories of the the world as it isn't." by Maptia, Co-founder Team
On the Map author Simon Garfield speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the history of maps, how they can be used as political tools, and how GPS and modern mapping applications are changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the world.
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Map, Illustration, Graphic Design, Children's, Colorful, Home Decor, Pattern
Razvan Bogza's insight:
Illustrated maps made by Jennifer Reynolds. She is an illustrator/graphic designer based in lovely Portland, Oregon. She is specialized in illustrated maps of all kinds - commissioned projects, editorial, weddings, art prints.
Development and disaster continue to mold the physical world, but for mapmakers, keeping up with geographic changes is busy work -- a tweaked direction here, a freeway exit there. It's very important busy work, as we learned this September when Apple reminded us not to take a good map for granted.
The intersection of geography and data, though, is just beginning to fill out. Together with interactive functions like sliders, timelines, and embedded information, the best new maps resemble Rand McNally's about as much as movies look like photographs. Creating an accurate representation of geography and infrastructure is only the tip of the iceberg.
What happens when you integrate statistics about rising seas, gang affiliations, metaphors and beer?
A whole new understanding of the way the world works. And some pretty sweet maps. Without further ado, the top favorite maps of the year...
(visit the article link for the maps and associated links)
Wolfram Alpha releases a tool that enables Facebook users to see graphs of their activities and network of friends (Pretty cool app developed by physicist Stephen Wolfram mapping your Facebook friends and personal fb trends #analytics
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