Category Archives: cartography

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Part of our ongoing and occasional series exploring Cold War oddities and instantly outdated pieces of military equipment: the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a ‘parasite fighter‘ designed to work in conjunction with the Convair Peacemaker / prints by Jantze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

We cited artist Mary Flanagan a while ago. Flanagan’s Borders project, ‘video documentation of a series of walks, conducted virtually in popular, shared online multi-user worlds. The rendered landscape is beautiful and hypnotic and we are transported directly into [Henry … Continue reading

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Maps of relief

Relief maps of the Western Front at the Australian War Memorial. Related, 3D relief maps made at The Cutting Room, who have an impressive portfolio of projects / Seed Capsules, a tumblr by Sophie Munns / Why I secretly recorded … Continue reading

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The Great Polish Map of Scotland

The story of General Stanislaw Maczek’s Great Polish Map of Scotland: ‘Set in the open air in the Peeblesshire landscape at Eddleston, General Maczek and his companions conceived The Great Polish Map of Scotland as a permanent three-dimensional reminder of … Continue reading

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Pools and red and green

Mapping. Reworking Booth: Geodemographics of Housing, Oliver O’Brien on creating a modern equivalent of the poverty map: Geodemographics of Housing in Great Britain. Switch to the Index of Multiple Deprivation for a more nuanced view. However, all the data in … Continue reading

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Animal Magic

Pop-Up City carries the story of the Tokyo Zoo Project (official site), a fun Sony-sponsored GPS drawing exercise to promote the titular animal establishment. As the site itself proclaims, ‘let’s draw giant geoglyph over Tokyo, with bicycle/walking navigation system.’

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Hong Kong by night

The website for Frank Gehry’s new apartment building in Hong Kong, OPUS HONG KONG, features an amazing pair of 360 degree panoramas of the city, by day and by night. See also the axonometric pixel map of the city at … Continue reading

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Painter of Wight

Browse the world using these beautiful ‘watercolour’ map tiles by Stamen (via haddock). The Stamen map projects (including the [map=yes] series) use the amazing OpenStreetMap as a data source to absolutely stunning effect.

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