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Cartography Typography: Chicago Poster Company Maps Cities, Lakes, And A Few Human Organs

Friday 09.20.2013 , Posted by

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Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy.  She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago.  [Read more…]

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Visualizing the Fires of Yosemite: Interactive Graphics, Maps, and Photos

Saturday 09.14.2013 , Posted by

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Nearly 400 square miles have burned as a result of an August 17th campfire that went awry.  After three and a half weeks of battling the blaze, the wildfire is now 80% contained, and costs estimates are totaling $96.2 million. The LA Times reports, “The blaze has destroyed at least 11 homes and 97 outbuildings, according to the Forest Service. More than 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze.” [Read more…]

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Jerry’s Map: Drawing an Imaginary World for 50 Years with the Outcome Determined by a Deck of Cards

Tuesday 08.13.2013 , Posted by

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It’s a video that went undiscovered on Vimeo for years, and a project that’s been evolving for decades… with no clear end in sight. Jerry Gretzinger has an obsession unlike anyone else we’ve heard of: he’s spent almost his entire adult years creating a single never-ending map using hand painted pages and a special deck of cards to determine the outcome for his imaginary populous. It’s an all encompassing personal project that greatly predates modern games like SimCity and Minecraft, and Jerry’s brilliant (some would say obsessed) mind is at the controls. [Read more…]

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A Breathing Earth: Watch the World’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” from Outer Space

Monday 08.12.2013 , Posted by

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Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days. John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates. [Read more…]

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Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit! [Read more…]

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What’s in a Name? The US Atlas of True Names

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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To many people, place names have a special meaning. Take California for example: to a number of people it signifies fun times, warm weather, beautiful nature and movies…. but what does the word ‘California’ actually mean? Grabbing this fascinating new map from Kalimedia, we see that ‘the Golden State’ actually means Land of the Successor, and looking closer we see San Francisco really means ‘Saint Little Frank One.’ The maps is called the Atlas of True Names, and it reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings of familiar places in the US. [Read more…]

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All the Rivers in the Continental US: An Explorable Map

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by

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Just one look at Google engineer Nelson Minar’s river map of the continental US and it’s impossible to deny this is a country absolutely filled with waterways. He says he worked just a few weeks creating the extensive map, which is both beautiful for its artery-like depiction of the countries life-giving river systems, and fascinating to explore in the way it demonstrates the nation’s topography through the system’s many paths. [Read more…]

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Exquisite Paper Sculptures Map Historic Events

Tuesday 05.28.2013 , Posted by

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It’s easy to admire Matthew Picton’s paper sculpted maps simply for their fine craftsmanship and close resemblance to the famous cities they represent – but you’d be missing so much hidden in the details. Beyond the exquisitely folded ribbons of paper forming the delicate maps are tales from each city’s storied past: floods, fires, wars. Each element has been carefully researched and woven into the final sculpture, from the paper used to create it, to the destruction Picton often revisits on the cities. [Read more…]

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Stunningly Designed Stellar Maps of Our Night Sky

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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For anyone who wants to see their place in the universe, there is hardly a better way to get perspective than taking a look at the stars. With head lofted towards the sky we see a multitude of worlds so distant that the light originated eons before our birth. These star maps from Stellavie Design Manufaktur are perhaps the most lovely we’ve seen, providing us with both attractive detailing and meaningful content… the perfect inspiration for becoming more familiar with our night sky. [Read more…]

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7 Shocking Google Earth GIFs of Human Impact on Earth

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by

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There’s no doubt about it, humans have reshaped the earth more in the last two hundred years than at any other time in our history… and the last 25 years are no different. Now Google has released a new “interactive map experience” which allows users to view archived satellite data over the last quarter century and in doing so they are giving us perhaps the most clear and valuable view of our recent impact on earth. “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” Google said in a statement [Read more…]

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