1. futurejournalismproject:

    Mapping Perspective

    Via Al Jazeera:

    Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm…

    …There is nothing inevitable or intrinsically correct — not in geographic, cartographic or even philosophical terms — about the north being represented as up, because up on a map is a human construction, not a natural one. Some of the very earliest Egyptian maps show the south as up, presumably equating the Nile’s northward flow with the force of gravity. And there was a long stretch in the medieval era when most European maps were drawn with the east on the top. If there was any doubt about this move’s religious significance, they eliminated it with their maps’ pious illustrations, whether of Adam and Eve or Christ enthroned. In the same period, Arab map makers often drew maps with the south facing up, possibly because this was how the Chinese did it.

    Things changed with the age of exploration. Like the Renaissance, this era didn’t start in Northern Europe. It began in the Mediterranean, somewhere between Europe and the Arab world. In the 14th and 15th centuries, increasingly precise navigational maps of the Mediterranean Sea and its many ports called Portolan charts appeared. They were designed for use by mariners navigating the sea’s trade routes with the help of a recently adopted technology, the compass. These maps had no real up or down — pictures and words faced in all sorts of directions, generally pointing inward from the edge of the map — but they all included a compass rose with north clearly distinguished from the other directions.

    Image: A perfectly good map. Select to embiggen.

    (via mapsontheweb)

  2. mapsandshhtuff:

    Weeks of data modeling and I ended up with this pretty sweet map of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Hopefully all these pixels mean something.

  3. mollitudo:


    (via mapsandshhtuff)

  4. nordpil:

    Japanese Fabric City Map - cotton lawn - aqua and navy blue #map #japan

    via [Pinterest pinned to the Nordpil Interesting Maps Pinterest Board]

  5. transitmaps:

    Unofficial Map: KLM Airlines European Routes Map by Veenspace 

    Submitted by Veenspace, who says:

    I made this map inspired by a recent CityLab post on airline maps. It posed that most maps are geographically accurate but hard to read, and that the maps that do go for minimalism lose any geographical component. There’s a balance between the two that I wanted to achieve: readable & geographical. I chose to design it like a circuit board, with KLM’s central hub as the CPU.


    Transit Maps says:

    The circuit board conceit is perhaps a little gimmicky, with limited applications in the real world (an ad in a computer magazine?), but there’s no doubt that this is nicely executed work. I haven’t always been the greatest fan of subway map-styled airline route maps, far preferring the grandeur of the great arcs used in traditional airline maps, but this strikes a better balance than most, and has a definite aesthetic appeal of its own. Whimsical fun!

  6. mashable:

    The data visualization “NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life” shows you the all the routes and earnings a taxi cab will make throughout a day in New York.

    (via mapsandshhtuff)

  7. thetic:

    definitely view this one high res

    (via mapsandshhtuff)

  8. salvadorcf:

    Victoria Burge

  9. fuckyeahcartography:

    Development rights available in NYC -  helping New Yorkers know what might be coming to their neighborhood. http://mas.org/accidentalskyline

  10. mapsontheweb:

    Manhattan Taxi Dropoff Location Counts, 2013

    (Source: reddit.com)

  11. (Source: sandypoint, via mapsandshhtuff)

  12. snowce:

    Katherine Baxter

    (via dadatavis)

  13. architectural-review:

    Città analog(ic)he, Massimo Gasperini (2010)