An exploration of Ocarina of Time's mini-map, and of just how many layers of design it contains. For fans of Nintendo and/or information design!
For reasons I don't fully understand, I set xkcd's "Map Projections" comic to ragtime music.
I wrote some code to get comprehensive place listings from Google Maps, and then I also wrote this article about it, and how Robert Ballard's search for the Titanic helped me find restaurants in Chattanooga.
The Library of Congress contains vast troves of digital resources. LOC Serendipity is a website that simulates the experience of exploring a library and skimming eye-catching or interesting titles. From books like, "Dainty dishes for slender incomes," which contains a delicious recipe for beignets, to the oddball early-1800's "Memoirs of the notorious Stephen Burroughs of New Hampshire" to "The forgotten book," published in 2018, this tool enables serendipitous and deeply engaging discovery every day. [more inside]
Assuming the NES view of Hyrule is plate carrée, how might it look under other projections? Fortunately, I just saw a talk by Rob Simmon (which has corresponding detailed articles) about how to use these gdalwarp (one of a set of powerful geospatial tools provided by GDAL) to find out!
This map shows the flow of asylum seekers into industrialized countries between 2013 and 2016. The vertical bars represent a cumulative count of the total asylum applications. Germany leads with way with 1.4 million, followed by the U.S. with 460k. [more inside]
Sometime around December 28th 2016 I entered a Strange Mood and, grabbing some parts from a previous work, began building a lo-fi top-down map game of some kind. [more inside]
A straightforward web interface for geocoding addresses in a CSV (or other delimited text file) and visualizing the results on a map as you go. Spits out CSV and GeoJSON. [more inside]
Once upon a time I liberated a bunch of fun post-Civil-War maps, charts and graphs for all to see. But now you can buy them! For your walls! Posters of ye olden days graphics on everything from consumption to population to religion to Germans and more. [more inside]
I want to map cool, interesting, and (mostly) scenic places in a region I live and drive around a lot in, and have come to appreciate and love. It happens to host the largest music festival in the USA at the moment. It's kind of a quiet, nice place to explore and relax in (though not as much in the scorching-hot summer). [more inside]
I work in maps but am generally frustrated with the way the field is taught: so this is my attempt at making educational materials that dial down the corporate tie-ins and talk about concept. I also write about the process of making it and am planning on illustrating & printing it for free/cheap for students.
The Water Quality Portal is a collaborative project between the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make it easier to share water quality data. Data are harvested from the USGS NWIS database and the EPA STORET database, mapped to the WQX standard, and served back out again. There is information about over 2 million sites and over 200 million sample results. The most significant feature that we have added this year (and why I am posting this) is a mapping tool that allows users to map up to 250,000 sites based on any of the 15 different criteria to narrow a search. [more inside]
A simple way to edit, share, and create map data, by drawing, importing, or coding directly. [more inside]
I made a tutorial for open source maps with vector tiles. The result is a slippy map of American rivers and some pretty static maps of every US river. But my real goal is the tutorial source code, to help other developers learn to make their own vector maps from geographic data.
I was working on some pretty fun language visualizations, but it turns out there's no worldwide, open dataset of where languages are spoken. So I figured hey, let's make one! [more inside]
300 real and fictional maps of Jerusalem, from 13th to 20th century, displayed on a timeline
Metropho.rs is a geographic metaphor map that plots "X is the Y of Z" tweets by putting the "Y" label on the "X" location. Some nice coverage by the Atlantic Cities blog here. [more inside]
As a companion piece to my blog, All the Saints You Should Know, I've compiled what I believe to be the Internet's most complete map of Rome's holy relics, including papal hearts, saints' skulls and preserved bodies of the blessed. The annotated map includes information about church access, locations of the relics within the church, and a few additional points of interest.
Recent baby arrival means that my Tumblr artblog is not likely to be updated for some considerable time, so I thought I'd post it here to see if anything was of interest. Originally this was a project to finish 31 unfinished artworks and post them one-a day for a month; some others got tacked on at the beginning and end. Some of the more interesting contents include: a flowchart of Shakespeare's plots, a tube map of the periodic table (and vice versa), photostory The Mirror; various maps, instructions, diagrams, flowcharts etc. (some NSFW).
Just in time for the 1876 centennial, the US Census Bureau published the very first Statistical Atlas: detailed maps, ornate graphs, and generally insane charts all about America. These atlases persisted for a couple decades before the Census Bureau decided they didn't like fun any more. Now they're online in the most awesome of ways. [more inside]
Tweetchive is a little web hack I made to show your past tweets in various views. The primary view is a map, there are also views of pictures and text and links. It's not really a finished product, but it's useful enough I launched it. [more inside]
A communal free-form text world, overlaid on a street map of the user's physical location. It incorporates elements of online chat and graffiti to explore and create a bridge between the physical and virtual. Write on a map. It'll be fun. I swear. [more inside]
With an accompanying intro and arty blog post, Project it Yourself rethinks map projections and lets you make new ones from scratch, with nothing more than household math.
My Tumblr is a curated collection of beautiful maps and cartography related objects. I try to find the original source of images I post, if possible, but corrections and submissions are welcome.
Mapstalgia is a new blog collecting people's drawn-from-memory maps of video game worlds and levels. Zeldas and Marios; detailed Final Fantasy cartography and sketched Contra recollections; crayon Kings Quest and graph paper Castlevania. Submissions are open, draw something yourself and send it in! [more inside]
What environmental catastrophe is your neighbor? A map of all 1.6k Superfund sites and an instant finder for your own by using some interesting math hacks.
As a Saturday night project I made this map of locations where the Twelve Apostles of Jesus died. Blue markers represent commonly accepted death locations while yellow markers represent disputed locations.
I have been adding community bike shops to this public Google Map. [more inside]
Five-hundred enormous historical maps; all downloadable in their highest resolution. With a new map every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. [more inside]
This has been up here before, but (by popular demand) I've now extended it to cover sea level rise scenarios up to +60m. So now you can work out where the best seafront property will be when Antarctica melts...
Looking for a map of Cleveland and its neighborhoods [some neighborhoods are still missing], ready to print for a 3x4 wall ? Here it is ! Similar to this map [Large PDF] from New York City’s Planning Commission.. [more inside]
A map of all Chicago recycling drop off locations for residents who live outside of the city's blue cart service zone. The city's website only shows a list of addresses which I found pretty useless. I also set up a mobile version of the site so you can recycle on the go!
I have recently been handed the keys to my business' website and I have decided to turn the front page into a blog all about spatial technologies (like GIS, Google Earth, GPS etc) in education. There are plenty of resources, news and activities there, mainly for educators. [more inside]
Mural Locator is a site developed for viewers to easily find and locate murals around the world. Readers can submit murals that they see worthy of being shared. This will help promote the artists and their work with large visible images. The collection of murals are documented and associated to their locations with online maps. We wanted to share the beauty of murals with the world and those unaware of this public form of art.
I wrote an Internet toy/widget/app to pick out random population centres in the United States. Fun and educational! [more inside]
Wikidirections is a wiki to help you get from A to B. We're a human mapping service, but with a twist. Google Maps will give you (sometimes) precise driving directions, but they won't tell you which is the cheapest, or safest, or most scenic, or quickest way between two points. Should you take the train from Vienna to Salzburg, or is the bus cheaper? That's where Wikidirections comes in. Wikidirections is geared towards world travelers, written by world travelers. We won't tell you how to get from your house to the drug store, but we will tell you, for example, how to get from Spain to Morocco quickly, cheaply, and without getting ripped off. While Wikitravel's focus is on the destination, Wikidirections focuses on the journey itself. [more inside]
I made an Undertaking (subway) map for Ankh-Morpork, set about 50 years in the future (from canon “now”). I took some liberties with names of places, given the time gap. For instance, Dolly Sisters has become Dollisters, the Whore Pits has become Harpits. Locations are based on the canonical Ankh-Morpork map.
An iphone application I've been developing in graduate school for exploring and comparing layers of geo-referenced historical maps alongside a modern map, currently of new york city. If the user is located within the area of the map their location is translated onto the historical maps. The website has a screencast demonstration (no sound).
A tumble log of stuff I find I like on Google Street View. There are some other things thrown in , but that's basically it. [more inside]