China Now Has 15 Cities With Over 10 Million People

A Megacity is defined as any metropolitan area with more than 10 million inhabitants. As the world population continues to urbanize, the number of megacities is quickly growing – and nowhere is that more apparent than China. In this country of nearly 1.4 billion people, the OECD estimates there are 15 megacities (more than double the estimate by the UN). These cities rival New York, Paris and even Tokyo for size – but how many of their names do you recognize?

Mapping the Running Routes of Major Cities… and the Secret One’s You Don’t Know About

If you’re like many of us data hungry people, you don’t just go running anymore. While you’re listening to your tunes pounding down the pavement, you’re also tracking where you are, how far you’ve run, how fast you’re going and even your elevation… all with a smartphone app. While that data on ourselves is highly useful, there’s often a big piece missing – everyone else. Nathan Yau, the statistics obsessed fellow at Flowing Data, recently pulled the pubic user information from the fantastic app Run Keeper, giving us a look at the popular running routes of major world cities… the results are fascinating, informative and reveal juicy runner secrets.

Cities Inside Expressive Brush Strokes, by Jieun Park

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Looking as if she’s distilled the very spirit of painting into her large brush strokes, Korean artist Jieun Park makes paintings of cityscapes inside emotive strokes on the canvas. It’s as if with one swing of her brush, or with the splattering flick of its bristles, she’s created an entire city like magic within the resulting coat of paint.

Drop that Pin for Real: City Maps Printed on Felt

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Do you have a favorite city you’ve collected memories while exploring? Do you work in a major city and have events happening you’d like to remember geographically? These creative maps from Italian design house Palomar look to fill that niche, providing maps of cities from London to New York printed on a polymer felt surface and delivered with 15 custom pins to mark places or hang location based items you’d like to remember.

Intricate Paper Sculptures of Cities

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There are many beautiful cities in the world and the way their existence came to be tells a story. There are cities that were built around water, some that were built on hills and some built after the invention of the automobile. All of these factors contribute in part to the development of a city. London based artist Matthew Picton, creates many works revolving around the “city grid.” His latest work, “Paper Sculptures” displays 3D grids of cities such as Tehran, San Francisco and Jerusalem.

Europe in Letters: Locational Typography

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As a freelance user interface designer, a contributor to Getty images and an ambassador of the Behance network, artist Gokhun Guneyhan has got his hands full. Hailing from the city of Istanbul in Turkey, Guneyhan has traveled around most of Europe while acquiring images of his journeys. After sifting through many of his photos from previous trips, he selected a few to use for his typography series.

Darkened Cities Show the Sky Without Light Pollution

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Have you ever wondered what the night sky might look like with all the city and street lights turned off? Thierry Cohen from Paris did, and through his imagination and exploration, created a digital project called “Darkened Cities.”

Real Cities Become Floating Islands in the Sky

If you remember the 80s cult classic The NeverEnding Story, you’ll recall the desperate part of the film when the world of Fantasia begins to crumble away, leaving little more than a small island of rock remaining to stand on. Now, award-winning art director Reinhard Krug has created a series of imagination gripping images which seem to bring that story to our world, manipulating aerial photographs of major cities so they appear to be floating on rock. Here the resemblance to the NeverEnding Story ends, however as Krug’s images are far more serene – placing the cities gently in a sky of puffy clouds.

33 UK Billboards Hijacked by Brandalism

In the UK alone, there are over 100,000 large scale billboards currently on display. While many of these gigantic ads are entertaining and engaging, there are many who would rather not be shouted at from every corner about something they “should” want or “should” be. Enter the Brandalism project.

The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary

Here we bring you the 4 part BBC series, The Beauty of Maps. Released almost a year ago the documentary takes us through the staggering four million map collection of the British Library in London.

Through the ages the story of the worlds landscape and population has been told through the creative and colorful use of maps. Often that tale has been destorted or idealized by the map maker, adding layers of history and revealing the society behind the maps making. Some examples are simply informational, the layout of streets and their names… others are highly beautiful, displaying a careful hand and creative mind. This is a story that will take you through time and around the world.