Maptacular

A BLOG OF MAPS, MAPPING, MAPMAKERS... AND MORE MAPS.

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Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization
Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.
“What’s in a map? Or better yet, what should be? The question of how to best visualize information about a place has always been the heartbeat of cartography. Today, with what many call the “democratization” of the field, it’s pulsing faster than ever.”
See and learn more at CityLab

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

What’s in a map? Or better yet, what should be? The question of how to best visualize information about a place has always been the heartbeat of cartography. Today, with what many call the “democratization” of the field, it’s pulsing faster than ever.”

See and learn more at CityLab

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Mapping the Dog Crap People Leave on New York City Streets
“For years, this city has been ravaged by the Dog Poop Wars that have pitted neighbor against neighbor-with-dog. The War of 2008 laid waste to the bamboo of Cobble Hill. In the War of 2009, the garbage cans of Brooklyn were the casualties. Recently, Fort Greene residents have taken to using advanced tactics such as webcams to combat the most inconsiderate among them. All of this might lead you to believe that Brooklyn is the borough on the front lines of this battle, but according to an interactive map from DNAinfo that charts violations of the “Pooper Scooper” law, the Bronx is actually leading the pack with 252 violations in the last two years, four times as many as any other borough. Queens comes in second, followed by Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, with, incredibly, only three violations. Congratsagain, Staten Island. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. had some harsh words for his constituents, telling DNAinfo, “Dog waste is disgusting and the people who do not pick up after their dogs are just as disgusting.” And the great Dog Poop Wars rage on.”
Via CurbedNewYork

Mapping the Dog Crap People Leave on New York City Streets

For years, this city has been ravaged by the Dog Poop Wars that have pitted neighbor against neighbor-with-dog. The War of 2008 laid waste to the bamboo of Cobble Hill. In the War of 2009, the garbage cans of Brooklyn were the casualties. Recently, Fort Greene residents have taken to using advanced tactics such as webcams to combat the most inconsiderate among them. All of this might lead you to believe that Brooklyn is the borough on the front lines of this battle, but according to an interactive map from DNAinfo that charts violations of the “Pooper Scooper” law, the Bronx is actually leading the pack with 252 violations in the last two years, four times as many as any other borough. Queens comes in second, followed by Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, with, incredibly, only three violations. Congratsagain, Staten Island. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. had some harsh words for his constituents, telling DNAinfo, “Dog waste is disgusting and the people who do not pick up after their dogs are just as disgusting.” And the great Dog Poop Wars rage on.”

Via CurbedNewYork

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Lost in the Plot: Maps on Book Covers
“Who doesn’t like a good map? From sophisticated charts to intricate, idiosyncratic drawings to directions drawn on the back of napkin, maps explain the world two-dimensionally. They are flights of imagination anchored in our knowledge of the world — much like books themselves.”
See more at CasualOptimist.com

Lost in the Plot: Maps on Book Covers

Who doesn’t like a good map? From sophisticated charts to intricate, idiosyncratic drawings to directions drawn on the back of napkin, maps explain the world two-dimensionally. They are flights of imagination anchored in our knowledge of the world — much like books themselves.”

See more at CasualOptimist.com

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An Atlas of Alternative Maps by Tim Berners-Lee, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, John Maeda, Kevin Kelly, John Baldessari, and More
“For all the spiritual benefits of getting lost, we humans are habitually driven to orient ourselves to the world and find our place in it. It is no surprise, then, that maps captivate our imagination so powerfully. We’ve found in cartography a tool of propaganda and a springboard for philosophy, a canvas for art and a vehicle for idealism. We’ve applied it to everything from understanding time to ordering the cosmos.”
Via Brain Pickings

An Atlas of Alternative Maps by Tim Berners-Lee, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, John Maeda, Kevin Kelly, John Baldessari, and More

For all the spiritual benefits of getting lost, we humans are habitually driven to orient ourselves to the world and find our place in it. It is no surprise, then, that maps captivate our imagination so powerfully. We’ve found in cartography a tool of propaganda and a springboard for philosophy, a canvas for art and a vehicle for idealism. We’ve applied it to everything from understanding time to ordering the cosmos.”

Via Brain Pickings

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Scrotum and Totem: Phallic Cartography 101
“The Canal & River Trust is a British charity tasked with managing 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of inland waterways in England and Wales. Peddling pictures of male genitalia to the general public decidedly isn’t part of its core business. And yet there it is, sans pudeur ni morale: a village-sizedschlong dressed up as a tourist map, care of the Canal & River Trust. How did this happen? ”
Find out at BigThink.com

Scrotum and Totem: Phallic Cartography 101

The Canal & River Trust is a British charity tasked with managing 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of inland waterways in England and Wales. Peddling pictures of male genitalia to the general public decidedly isn’t part of its core business. And yet there it is, sans pudeur ni morale: a village-sizedschlong dressed up as a tourist map, care of the Canal & River Trust. How did this happen? ”

Find out at BigThink.com

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Mapping Migration in the United States
Where people who lived in each state in 2012 were born
Each shape represents where the people living in a state were born. Within a state, larger shapes mean a group makes up a larger share of the population.

Via The New York Times

Mapping Migration in the United States

Where people who lived in each state in 2012 were born

Each shape represents where the people living in a state were born. Within a state, larger shapes mean a group makes up a larger share of the population.

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