Amazingly detailed aerial illustrations of 1900s Japan

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Friday 7 March 2014

Cartographer Hatsusaburo Yoshida has mad skills with his detailed map illustrations of Japan’s cityscapes: he made these from talking to the dwellers of each city before drawing out the most important bits of each city. Wow.

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Depression rates worldwide: Afghanistan comes out on top

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 20 December 2013

Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland have identified Japan has having the least depressed population (with less than 2.5 percent of Japanese being diagnosed with it), while Afghanistan as the most depressed country (where one in five people suffer from depression). For the rest of the world, the Middle East and North Africa have the […]

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Australia is not in Europe! Americans map out Europe

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 December 2013

It’s always funny (and a little sad!) to see just where people place countries on a map. And Americans have had a bad rap over the years for being clueless when it comes to mapping out the European nations. So, Buzzfeed put some of its U.S. staff to the test and the results? ‘In our […]

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Scratch Map

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 19 June 2013

World domination is fun. Take it from the Scratch Map, a 81.9 x 58.2 cm world map with a gold top foil layer you can scratch off selectively to reveal the cities or countries you’ve visited. You can reveal fun facts by scratching these off too. It’s like a topographic equivalent of a to-do list […]

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Moss maps by Nina Katchadourian

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 7 June 2013

Nina Katchadourian is a creative genius. She caught our attention with her irreverent lavatory self-portraits, so we’ve been getting acquainted with her other projects. The Moss Maps one is a particularly fun photo collection of lichens that resemble islands and continents. Katchadourian simply makes the map link more implicit by affixing rub-on letters directly to […]

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Clever hand-drawn maps of London and New York

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Saturday 25 May 2013

Jenni Sparks is breathing new life into the art of hand-drawn cartography. Beginning with her quirky map of London and her follow up for New York, this doodler has been helping tourists get around big cities with her sense of humor and wit. The maps point out contemporary landmarks, such as the 24-hour bagel shop in Brick […]

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Diorama maps from photographs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 23 May 2013

We’ve seen many types of maps, and most of them share one characteristic: they are minimalistic, topographic representations of a particular physical area. Now Sohei Nishino has gone ahead to blow our minds with his spin on maps of cities he has visited. Comprised of his stash of photographs, these recreate the city as one […]

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Strange Maps: a lesson in bizarre geography

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 21 May 2013

Have you ever wondered how people navigated Prohibition-era Chicago? How did the gangsters know where all the best Speak Easy spots were? Or maybe you’re curious about how we’d get around the world if there were no water? Thanks to Vincze Miklos, we now have access to all those bizarre ideas in the form of maps. […]

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Geography of Twitter: Mapping out a month of tweets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 11 May 2013

Thanks to a paper that gleaned geolocation data from 1,535,929,521 tweets from 71,273,997 unique users in Oct 23-Nov 30 last year, some fabulous maps showing a month in the life of Twitter were generated. The world of Twitter, as you can see, is beautiful.

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Elisabeth Lecourt makes dresses out of old maps

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Fashion on Friday 26 April 2013

The maps Elisabeth Lecourt’s dresses are made from are a little outdated, so you probably still have to consult Google Maps or a friendly person on the street to ask for directions. But these beautiful and delicate pieces are so one-of-a-kind that we should neglect this fact for now. Most importantly, the work of this […]

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New illustrations by Australian artist Liz Anelli

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By Stuart McBratney in New Illustration on Tuesday 23 April 2013

While Liz Anelli’s illustrations have amused and delighted kids, they’ve also provided a useful public service. Making cartographers feel as creative as a block of discount cheddar, her hand-drawn street guides are both fun and practical. Let’s hope Google Maps commissions a re-design.

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US city metro maps given geeky Super Mario 3 makeover

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 12 April 2013

Dave Delisle, who confesses to ‘post all kinds of ideas, usually of the geeky variety’ for fun, has meted out the Super Mario 3 treatment to rapid transit maps of eight US cities, including Atlanta, Portland and Washington DC. These are super cool creations.

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Underwater topographic charts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Husband-and-wife team Robbie and Kara Johnson are behind Below the Boat, which offers wooden bathymetric charts (like topographic maps, but underwater instead of on land) for sale. Laser-cut and glued together, the results look really lush. It’s fascinating how topography can exist underwater as well as over land.

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Wind maps: the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 11 January 2013

Excuse us while we get completely geeky about this. A side-project by the duo leading Google’s Big Picture visualization research group, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, Wind Map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US’ by visually mapping out the land in real time according to the strength of the wind […]

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Maps show the different suburbs of late 1800s Sydney

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By James Crawley in New Design on Tuesday 8 January 2013

I have a handful of friends who insist on hanging vintage art on their walls. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love old stuff. It just gets a bit weird when it’s not home grown. London, Paris, New York – all the cliches come out to play when it’s vintage art hour. The good news? Sydney has some history of its own. These beautiful maps show the different suburbs of Sydney from the late 1800s. Sourced from the City of Sydney Archives, these awesome reproductions are printed on archival grade, textured stock. Who thought maps could be this sexy?

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