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

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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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Brilliant face portraits on maps by Ed Fairburn

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 11 December 2012

How does an artist like Ed Fairburn look at a map and see someone’s face in there? Oh, we get it, he picks up a pen and inks that damn face in between these fine lines of roads and streets, that’s how. His face map portraits are complex and stunning works of visual poetry, and we’re so in awe we’re going to have to find a way to top up some fast.

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GPS drawings from cycling by Christopher Wallace

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 2 May 2012

Christopher Wallace’s drawing tools of choice are a bicycle and GPS. His canvas of choice is his Baltimore neighborhood. First he plans his routes with something in mind (check out his free-style hydra and centaur), then he takes to the bike trail while tracking his movements using GPS. Geeky and awfully cheeky.

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Crumpled City Maps

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By Maria Niarchos in New Design on Wednesday 4 April 2012

These are the most useful pieces of crumpled, indestructible, fabulousness going. Totally waterproof, fool-proof, lightweight and tear resistant, they even highlight a few extra-special ‘soul sights’ to see you navigate your way around the globe. GPS free.

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Maps: new music from Sam Fitzpatrick

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By Sam Fitzpatrick in New Music on Saturday 24 March 2012

I spent last summer in the mountains of South Wales making my album from which the single Maps was released last month. The album is a chronological tapestry of tales of life’s experiences and ideals, and songwriting is my mind’s coping mechanism. Maps is the first release, but there will be a visual accompaniment for […]

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