Data + Design Project

Rémi Noël Takes Batman to Texas, Creates “The Least Precise Map” of the Lone Star State

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by

Quick! Who would you most like to go on a road trip with? Batman? Okay.

Small French publishing house Poetry Wanted has created “the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas” as the beginning of their collection “This Is Not A Map“. [Read more…]


Two Superb, Hand-Drawn Maps of London

Monday 03.25.2013 , Posted by

Wellingtons Travel Map of London 2

When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style. [Read more…]


Map of Earth Made Of 1238 Gemstones & 250,000+ Pieces of Stained Glass Lit By 6912 LEDs

Friday 02.22.2013 , Posted by

1 Jewel of the Universe by Chris Chamberlain

Using a novel technique called ‘Grand Artimmosa’ that he created himself, English-Chinese artist Chris Chamberlain has created one of the most incredible artworks I have ever seen. The pictures and video below do not begin to do justice for what seeing it in person must be like and I wish I could hop a plane to London just to see Jewel of the Universe in all its glory. Chamberlain’s Chinese name, Jeurng Ying Fai, means “to illuminate England” and he is living up to this name through his art. The 260 carats of natural cut diamonds and nearly 1/3 of a million pieces of stained glass that make up Jewel of the Universe are illuminated from behind with 6,912 LED lights to represent the world from a “God-like perspective of looking down from space.” [Read more…]


Interactive: The Richest People in the World

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

Bloomberg Worlds Richest People Interactive 1

Have you ever wondered where the richest people in the world get their money? Have you ever been curious about what country holds the most of these ultra-rich? If so, Bloomberg has recently published an excellent interactive graphic highlighting a slew of facts about the 100 richest people in the world. [Read more…]


A Growing Ink Blot Map of World Population Density

Friday 04.20.2012 , Posted by

Most of our world maps are created with geographic and legal boundaries dictating how they are drawn… it’s highly useful for getting around the block, but hardly tells the whole tale of what is going on. What really matters much of the time? It’s all about where the people are… and this map shows only that. [Read more…]


Locating a Winner: March Madness Mapped

Tuesday 04.03.2012 , Posted by

Where is that team from? It’s a question I often ask myself during March Madness. Marquette… isn’t that in Michigan? Nope, Wisconsin. Where the heck is Xavier? Oh yeah, in Ohio. Chances are that university you’re a little fuzzy on is in basketball country. [Read more…]


Stopping Traffic: The Busiest NYC Subway Stops?

Wednesday 03.28.2012 , Posted by

New York City, where half the population doesn’t own a car, is synonymous with Mass Transit. The MTA pegs subway and bus ridership at approximately seven million a day; and each year puts out a ridership report for subway and bus stations. [Read more…]


Tracking Energy Consumption For Each Building in NYC

Tuesday 03.27.2012 , Posted by

Just how much does energy does that building across the way use? Unless a buildings lights are on all night, every night, it’s probably hard to see just how much it consumes. For the lucky residents of the Big Apple, however, a new and fascinating map has appeared on the web to help solve the mystery. From the Flat Iron building to individual buildings in Crown Heights, the map takes an astoundingly detailed look at each and every block in the five boroughs, giving it an energy consumption estimate. Not surprisingly, the gleaming Manhattan skyline easily tops the list as the biggest energy hog. [Read more…]


Stamen’s New Web App Draws Watercolor Maps

Monday 03.26.2012 , Posted by

Some people just see the world in a more colorful way… and this new web app from Stamen proves it. Working much like any other web based mapping system, users simply type in what town or city they want to see and swish… the page is populated with a beautifully rendered watercolor-like map. Towns appear awash in colorful blues, greens and reds that neatly bleed into their neighbors in gradient pools. Lines appear sometimes wide and sometimes narrow in the organic, rounded style of the wet art form. [Read more…]


The United Zipcodes of Craigslist

Monday 03.05.2012 , Posted by

When you visit the Craigslist website, the first thing you usually do is select the region you want to search within. Those Craigslist defined boundaries are sometimes pretty broad, from the San Francisco Bay Area to the entire state of Maine. A while ago, John Nelson of IDV User Experience created a very intriguing map based on those boundaries which is both useful as a window into what the Craigslist folks view as our local regions and as a targeted marketing reference. Now, Nelson has created an even more useful map, this time visualizing the nations zip codes which fall within the Craigslist boundaries. [Read more…]

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