Fascinating nuclear detonation maps

Look at this. Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, developed this NUKEMAP: the map shows the impact of nuclear detonation. NUKEMAP uses Google Maps info: you can select any location in the world. Also you can use presets such as detonations from the past (either pick that location or yield -in kilotons-. Imagine what the Hiroshima explosion would do to your hometown. Impressive to see, plus it is an interesting use of maps to visualise information.

The map screen shots below show:
1. The impact of the Little Boy (used in Hiroshima 70 years ago) on Amsterdam
2. The impact of the W-78 (in the current US arsenal) on New York

NUKEmap Little Boy Amsterdam MATC


Get Lost in Straetview: 17th Century Amsterdam

Looking for a good reason to visit Amsterdam this Spring? The Amsterdam-based maritime museum Het Scheepvaartmuseum just openend a great exhibition on their Atlases. Very high on my to do list, as you can imagine.

If you can’t really book tickets to Amsterdam anytime soon, you’re still lucky: today the museum launched the website Straet View (think Google Street view goes seventeenth century). Great fun to wonder around seventeenth century Amsterdam.

I’ll keep you guys updated about when I’ve visited the exhibition because there will be a lot more map fun in The Atlases (so be careful… that post might still trigger you to visit Amsterdam real soon!).



Puzzle your World Views

Mappy quizzes and puzzles are a great way to spend your weekend, and a very dangerous thing to get informed about just before going to bed (as I discovered yesterday evening). Figure out where you are on various Google Maps snapshots in GeoGuessr. Credits for GeoGuessr go to Anton Wallén. Make sure to check out the website, because this screenshot only give you a bit of an impression. And yes, it does give you an immediate idea of the exploration fun and you can imagine the addictiveness of this website. Go explore and enjoy!


Map Fun with Niemann

You might already know some illustrations by Christoph Niemann: he also did this great stereotype map I’ve shown earlier this year. Niemann’s great illustrations have appeared on covers of The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and he has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards. Yesterday a friend of mine pointed me at these funny Google-esque maps. You should actually see them all (because almost every single one cracked me up). Abduzeedoo created a nice overview, so make sure to check them all out.

Map by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

uselessstereotypes-ChristophNiemann MATC

Game of Thrones Map (part 3)

Game of Thrones is starting its third season: as you know by my earlier posts I am a fan. Not only because the serie is very cool itself, but also because of the maps that are involved. Now, you catch up on your Game of Thrones knowledge with a very cool

(Be careful: spoiler alert if you still have catching up to do! Well, that makes sense, but still wanted to mention it). Journey through each season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones with this interactive roadmap of Westeros. Check back every week through the new season to scroll through episode plot points as the story unfolds… And it gives you an idea of the geography of the series also. Cool stuff!
(I am only showing tiny bits of the infographic here, visit the website and scroll through to get the real deal :).)

The Kings Roadmap

The Kings Roadmap

The Kings Roadmap

Google Maps Cube

Everyone uses Google Maps, mostly without enjoying the process very much (have to go some place, hurry, can’t find it, will be late, etc). Recently Google created a Google Chrome game called Cube, to make us all understand how awesome Google Maps is to explore your world (I am an easy victim obviously). The game is all about exploring the city in 3D Google Maps, and it looks like this. But as with most games: looks at its best whilst playing, so here you go: http://www.playmapscube.com/ (Use Google Chrome)

Project Map: Pinpoint the City Centre

The project ‘Map’ is a public space installation by Aram Bartholl. Everyone recognizes the red pin used on Google Maps to pinpoint locations. Google Maps determines where the centre of a city is, and this is exactly the spot where the pin is placed in this project. The installation questions the relation of the digital information space to every day life public city space, since geolocation services keep influencing the perception of cities and places more and more. The installation has been on show in various festivals in for example Arles, Taipei and Berlin.





These photos are taken in Arles and are from the website of Aram, photographer: Anne Foures.