Three years ago, travel blogger Bill Passman was sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, when he ran into an acquaintance and noticed her tattoo of a world map. When she said she planned to put a red dot on all the places she had visited, an inspired Passman decided to also tattoo the world map on his back — right down to the specific countries so he can update it with each country he’s been to by colouring it in.
Dining out? Thanks to Fast CoCreate, we now know that Yelp has a handy map function that displays hot spots when you select ‘hipster’ as a search term for its reviews. All the 14 cities — which includes New York, London and Paris — covered by Yelp with this nifty feature seem to have pretty […]
Twitter’s data visualization scientist Nicolas Belmonte converted every geotagged tweet — billions in total — ever recorded into an interactive 3D model dubbed ‘Andes’. You can even choose from multiple terrains to display the visualizations. These are really beautiful.
Berlin-based Simon Schuetz has created the Bucketlistmap with a fairly ambitious vow to to make maps awesome again. Essentially, it’s a range of colorful illustrated maps that feature the best sights, smells, sounds, eats and to-dos — such as base jumping into the world’s deepest cave — sorted by adventure themes such as surf trips, […]
For a year, transport planner Michael Markieta traced more than 58,000 flight paths that cross the globe. He used GIS technology to do this, and the result is rather visually stunning: illuminated maps of these routes. Philosopher Mark Vernon said to BBC News, “You wonder what’s going on in the darker parts, what kind of […]
Writer-illustrator Anne Emond, who is based in Brooklyn, did this amazing Mental Map comic that really hits it right home. Who hasn’t overstayed their time at the I-Spend-Too-Much-Time-Online Falls, the Mountain Range of Impotent Rage or the Waves of Depression? Good thing there’s the River of Pleasure in the Small Things too.
This is the Beginnings and Endings project. It’s a collaborative, interactive world map to help my Melbourne-based band Brightly share our debut album, for free. We wanted to prove that independent artists can still make a mark by throwing a metaphorical paper aeroplane and seeing how far it goes. When you join up, you get our new […]
Some people just aren’t satisfied with regular street maps and London-based designer/illustrator Jenni Sparks is one of them. Sparks has created an illustrated map of New York City that is amazingly detailed: labelled landmarks, coloured subway lines, and a little bit of humour for good measure. We think this would look great in any Manhattan loft. Good thing you can buy yourself a copy.
German artist Stephanie Herr, who takes her inspiration from the maps of cartographers, creates topographic art out of packaged, shrink-wrapped food, which then take on a landscape quality that belie their relative minuteness in real life.
After discovering UK creative collective Dorothy from their Coal Globes work, they’ve made our little hearts jump again with the Film Map, a fictional street map comprising of over 900 film names. The Lost Highway runs parallel to Sunset Boulevard, and Shutter Island and The Island of Dr Moreau are both located within the deep waters of Reservoir Dogs, naturally. It’s just the most awesome map we’ve seen this year (aside from the Apple iOS 6 maps, of course). You should check out the Song Map too, while you’re at it.
Owen Gatley, an illustrator based in Berlin, has made some wonderful maps of London, Paris and New York. Using symbols to show where major landmarks such as London’s Big Ben and New York’s Statue of Liberty are, Gatley has created a unique view of the famous cities. The maps were featured in the Luck issue of Ideas Illustrated. We wonder if anyone’s used them to get around the cities?