Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
As we all know, maps lie. As the United States has adopted the Mercator Projection as its standard in classrooms, many people have been falsly informed on the "true" sizes of our physical landscapes. The worst on the map being that Greenland is represented as being approximately the same size as Africa, when it fact is shares a square area closer to the size of Mexico.The map above really gives you a good idea of how large the continent of Africa really is.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
If only traveling could be this easy...This map follows Harry Beck's topological design and closely resembles the London Tube Map, Circle Line included. As with any Harry Beck-like map, this map is a representation of relativity. Don't take your geography lessons from this map! Most of these cities are fairly off from where they actually are.
Friday, July 8, 2011
This was an interesting map I recently came across. I don't know where its from as it had no source, nor do I trust its validity (for example, I am aware that hitchhiking in Japan is immensely popular and one of the safest places in the world to do it in), however, it is a neat concept
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This was an interesting map I came by produced by Daniel Huffman. He produced this map by creating a raster layer (interpolation) from the original data so that each pixel would be assigned a specific value as opposed to representing the data as points.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Richard Florida's team for one of his publications entitled "Who's Your City?" Although I did not create this map, this map was definitely the one that sparked the most interest when introducing our topic to our supervisors.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Shane Watt, Fictional Map MakerShane Watt is an artist and a musician from Montreal who is growing in fame for his fictional maps. After learning about his maps I felt inspired to try my own. But let's face it, I am no artist with a pen or pencil, but only with a mouse. Shane Watt is a self-taught cartographer who regularly commissions maps for his fans and followers, as well as having being featured in galleries in Montreal, London, and New York City to name a few. Check out his portfolio or his Facebook page.
Labels: Fictional Maps
Friday, July 1, 2011
Under Montreal, a great blog with tons of information on what's been lost on the Island
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Continuing on Typography, this Axis Map of Boston really is a nice, new fresh idea. I had never seen a map like this until I stumbled upon this site recently. Really creative! (Dear Axis Map, when are you going to make one of Montreal?!)
Typography is something I only got into depth about when I was in "mapping school". As a section in one of our visualisation classes, we would all grumble at how "useless" learning about typography was. Yes, we needed to learn that names of rivers and lakes where to be in Italics and other similar design standards for maps, but learning about when Helvetica and thus the sans serifs fonts were created was always something we laughed about until we realized afterwards how important typography actually is. After seeing categories about typography of Jeopardy! more than once and coming across multiple articles online, I now have a new found respect for typography an typography-obsessed people. In fact, I find it so interesting now that I actually get excited when I come across typography articles. Gosh, have I turned into one of those people? I think I started noticing my own mini-obsession after being e-mailed this page from a former classmate, dedicated the Toronto Subway Typographies.
(Side note: In one of the blogs I follow, the girl is obsessed with the ampersand. I love seeing her updates on ampersand related news. If you don't know what an ampersand is, as I learned that a lot of people don't know it by its proper name, you should Google it. And then use it in a sentence with a friend to feel a lot smarter than you actually are. Like I do. Oops, did I just say that out loud?!).
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
An interesting idea for a vacation photo. I remember making a similar one (above) way back before I knew very much about how to design maps. However, mine was using a random map of France from Google Image Search, had a line drawn with MS Paint to show the path my friend and I took by train, and then a picture of us superimposed in the top corner. After seeing this image, I am now tempted to re-do my map with the skills and knowledge I have today, or you know, actually get started on maps from other vacations I took.
Photo and design by &Kathleen of Jeremy & Kathleen