Sometimes you stumble upon ideas that are just great. Like this project by Mark Jeffery, who is running an Indiegogo campaign right now for his goodwoodglobes: wooden globes with relief. Mark realised that maps of the world will never be accurate enough since projection always distorts our world a bit, because the world actually is round (I know, this must come as a shock…). And also Mark wants to show the actual elevation of mountains et cetera on the surface of the world. Hence his drive to create these wooden globes.
The globes and maps are based on data from national institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and Ordnance Survey (OS). Mark lives up in the Canadian mountains and needs this crowdfunding campaign to get a woodcarving robot at home to be able to create his goodwoodglobes from home (instead of in an FabLab down in the valley). He is funding twothirds himself, and offers you great perks in return for your investment in this campaign.
The campaign runs for just a few more weeks, so if you are interested to support an artist or to add a wooden globe to your home: support this guy!
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
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!).
Cool map alert! These Neon Maps City Posters by Jay Powell might be the perfect map for your living room or office. They are suitable for framing and there are various cities to choose from: Moscow, New York, Melbourne just to name a few. Ah, and countries too! And… if your region/city/country/favourite intersection is not on the list yet, you might just get it by backing the project on Kickstarter! Check it out, you only have 6 days left.
As you may know, I work at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam, and I was lucky to get involved with a project called ‘Atlas der Neederlanden’. This atlas is in fact an impressive factice atlas from the collection (nine folios with maps of the Netherlands from several centuries up until approximately 1816, when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was shaped). The maps in the Atlas were restored and they are now on show in an fantastic exhibition, until 9 February 2014. (OK, I’ll stop promoting now).
With this project I also got into georeferencing a little: still quite a new field for me but this website by UvA-researcher Jan Hartmann gives a great idea of the possibilities. The technique behind this website is really far ahead. On the left, you can browse through all the maps in the nine folios of the Atlas der Neederlanden, and on the right you can project the map onto various maps of the Netherlands as we know the country today. You can easily zoom in and out of the various maps on a very high speed. Great way to see how accurate the maps in the Atlas are, or to see how they are oriented. Or: just to marvel at the beauty of these old maps, because they are incredibly pretty.
Floor Rieder is a Dutch illustrator who creates awesome things and who happens to like & use maps. Good news for us, because now we can share some of her work with you (these shopping maps were published in a special by Dutch newspaper Het Parool, last Saturday). Go Floor!
Thanks to my lovely friend L. I have a new favourite website (shared first spot with MapsandtheCity.com of course). On this great website you can see the age of buildings. Different colours for different eras. Makes you realise how spectacular historical city centres are!
All 9,866,539 buildings in the Netherlands are on this map. The map is made with TileMill by Bert Spaan, Waag Society, inspired by BKLYNR. Input comes from the Kadaster, open sourced via CitySDK. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Take some time sometime this weekend to look around on this website, you’ll love it. Thanks for making my day Bert!
(you see the various shades of blue for the newest part of the Netherlands that used to be water before we Dutchies got into ‘polders’. And the red beauty of old cities like Leiden and Amsterdam…)
Maps.. Tour de France. Is there a connection? Yes there is: both excite me! Every summer offers me the only sport I really like to watch on television, in a three week long festivity called Tour de France. This year stages the 100th edition of the TDF, and see what I’ve found: this overview of all 100 routes in the Tour. Yeah! Designer Sam Potts created ‘100 Tours: Cent Ans de la Grande Boucle’. Make sure to check his website for more cool designs and the option to see details and buy this 100 Tours poster. You can pre-order and the posters will be printed after finishing this Tour (when the top three is known. Go Mollema, go Mollema!)
Do you know the website The Pop-Up City? They always share cool things (subsribe to their newsletter The Pop-Up City Daily, really!).
Today, their newsletter covers Strut: an app that gamifies travelling. Using the app while being on the move, you will turn tiles on a blurred map. The effect: more and more of the world will be visible, simply by you going places. After a while the app will show you what your radius of action is (how big, or maybe how small: take another route to get places!). Sweet! (iPhone only, no Android version yet)