Category Archives: cartography

Endless underground-related headline puns here

The map that saved the London Underground, a rather celebratory acount of McDonald Gill’s great ‘Wonderground Map of London‘ (the BBC link has a zoomable flash version). Cartography, urbanism and illustration have always had an element of myth-making in them, … Continue reading

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Mapping the visible

A recent link to Ben Fry’s All Streets map (’240 million individual road segments. No other features — no outlines, cities, or types of terrain — are marked, yet canyons and mountains emerge as the roads course around them, and … Continue reading

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3D Paris

Paris 3D is a new venture from Dassault Systemes, long time purveyors of all forms of simulation, including the Geovia ‘virtual planet’ software (used in the mining industry, and looking a little bit like Minecraft in the process) and flight … Continue reading

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Slight return

Graphic design from the 1920s to the 1970s is a new blog devoted to printed design and ephemera from the golden era of visual culture, a large chunk of which is travel related. A companion site to Travel Brochure Graphics, … Continue reading

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Wood and mazes

Moby is busy making the shift from musician to amateur architecture blogger to presenter. He’s no Meades, but the short film, Moby Celebrates LA Architecture is designed to whet your appetite for an upcoming exhibition, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern … Continue reading

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The uses and abuses of aviation

An interview with photographer Hélène Binet. Binet has done much to shape the presentation of contemporary work from the likes of ‘Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid and Luigi Moretti’, acting as the bridge between the architects’ abstract … Continue reading

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High and mighty

Part of our ongoing and occasional series exploring Cold War oddities and instantly outdated pieces of military equipment: the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a ‘parasite fighter‘ designed to work in conjunction with the Convair Peacemaker / prints by Jantze Tullet / … Continue reading

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A full deck

The (un)Made in China exhibition at Beijing Design Week explores the delights of working in a foreign culture, namely the many grand projects by Western architects that were proposed in the white heat of China’s economic explosion and then, for … Continue reading

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Schematics

Maxwell J. Roberts’s article Henry Beck Rules? Not OK: Breaking the Rules of Map Design (previously linked) is now a book, Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design. Billed as a psychological investigation into the art, purpose and fitness of … Continue reading

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Spotting, improvising and mapping

A selection of Grateful Dead Fan Art at an ambitious project collapsing, from the Grateful Dead Online Archive, assembled by the University of California Santa Cruz / Toby Ziegler’s installation The Cripples, set in a car park beneath Mayfair / … Continue reading

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