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theatlantic:

What’s Closer To Texas Than Texas Is To Itself?

This map shows (roughly) how large the Lone Star State is. Points in the map’s red section are closer to somewhere in Texas than the opposite sides of Texas are to each other.
That’s right: You can be in Fargo, or Atlanta, or San Diego … and be closer to Texas than Texas is to itself.
That’s what the map above says. Texas is big.
Read more. [Image: mostwrong / Reddit]

theatlantic:

What’s Closer To Texas Than Texas Is To Itself?

This map shows (roughly) how large the Lone Star State is. Points in the map’s red section are closer to somewhere in Texas than the opposite sides of Texas are to each other.

That’s right: You can be in Fargo, or Atlanta, or San Diego … and be closer to Texas than Texas is to itself.

That’s what the map above says. Texas is big.

Read more. [Image: mostwrong / Reddit]

Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
willigula:

Detail of Île de la Cité, Le Marais, and Quartier latin from a map of Paris, 1550.
Note that the map is rotated so that north is to the left. You can view the entire original at Old Maps of Paris

willigula:

Detail of Île de la Cité, Le Marais, and Quartier latin from a map of Paris, 1550.

Note that the map is rotated so that north is to the left. You can view the entire original at Old Maps of Paris

Monday, March 31, 2014
barthschwein:

It’s been 6 years since I’ve been to Sydney. But I obviously remember it like yesterday.

barthschwein:

It’s been 6 years since I’ve been to Sydney. But I obviously remember it like yesterday.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
oupacademic:

Waldseemüller‘s Map of the World, 1507. Best known for a famous mistake—incorrectly naming the Western Hemisphere “America”—this map displays ignorance of many features that had been well known and correctly drawn by nautical map makers for decades, and in some cases, centuries.
From The Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Sources in World History by Professor Patricia Seed, which illustrates how peoples and cultures throughout the human past have imagined their worlds through a diverse collection of historical maps from the Paleolithic to the present.

oupacademic:

Waldseemüller‘s Map of the World, 1507. Best known for a famous mistake—incorrectly naming the Western Hemisphere “America”—this map displays ignorance of many features that had been well known and correctly drawn by nautical map makers for decades, and in some cases, centuries.

From The Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Sources in World History by Professor Patricia Seed, which illustrates how peoples and cultures throughout the human past have imagined their worlds through a diverse collection of historical maps from the Paleolithic to the present.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Marc Khachfe sent us this beautiful nighttime map of London. It’s not a photo, but a composition he created using Open Street Map data. Here’s what Marc told us about it:

No images were used in its creation, just raw OSM data and my 3D animation/2D compositing knowledge. I loved the images taken of cities at night by the astronauts on the International Space Station and wanted to print out a large poster. But I found the images too blurry and not big enough to print, so I set about replicating them!

You can view more of his work on Flickr, or buy his prints on Etsy.

Marc Khachfe sent us this beautiful nighttime map of London. It’s not a photo, but a composition he created using Open Street Map data. Here’s what Marc told us about it:

No images were used in its creation, just raw OSM data and my 3D animation/2D compositing knowledge. I loved the images taken of cities at night by the astronauts on the International Space Station and wanted to print out a large poster. But I found the images too blurry and not big enough to print, so I set about replicating them!

You can view more of his work on Flickr, or buy his prints on Etsy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
transitmaps:

Fantasy Map: Highways of the Netherlands Diagram by AS Veen
Inspired by (but not derivative of) my own Interstates as Subway Map, here’s a nice diagrammatic take on the “A-Road” highway network of the Netherlands. It’s a relatively simple system, so the one-colour approach used here works quite well. It also illustrates the European tendency for major highways to bypass or loop around a city, rather than putting an Interstate right through the middle of downtown, as so often happens here in the U.S.
Design-wise, the map is nice and clean and easy to follow: the longer highways have reassurance markers placed along their length to keep you on track. The urban areas are called out with a minimum of fuss, but help to give valuable context to the road network — however, maybe Maastricht could be included as the obvious “final” major destination of the A2 before it exits the country?
Another interesting excercise here — if up for a challenge! — might be to overlay the European E-Road network on these highways to give a broader pan-European context to the network as well. For example, the E-19 route starts in Amsterdam, follows the A4 through The Hague, onto the A13 and A20 past Rotterdam, before heading south on the A16 into Belgium. The other two-digit E-Roads in the Netherlands are the E-22, E-25, E-30, E-31, E-34 and the E-35.
Overall, this is a lovely effort that simplifies the highways of the Netherlands down to their simplest elements, and looks good while doing it.
(Source: asvdveen/Flickr)

transitmaps:

Fantasy Map: Highways of the Netherlands Diagram by AS Veen

Inspired by (but not derivative of) my own Interstates as Subway Map, here’s a nice diagrammatic take on the “A-Road” highway network of the Netherlands. It’s a relatively simple system, so the one-colour approach used here works quite well. It also illustrates the European tendency for major highways to bypass or loop around a city, rather than putting an Interstate right through the middle of downtown, as so often happens here in the U.S.

Design-wise, the map is nice and clean and easy to follow: the longer highways have reassurance markers placed along their length to keep you on track. The urban areas are called out with a minimum of fuss, but help to give valuable context to the road network — however, maybe Maastricht could be included as the obvious “final” major destination of the A2 before it exits the country?

Another interesting excercise here — if up for a challenge! — might be to overlay the European E-Road network on these highways to give a broader pan-European context to the network as well. For example, the E-19 route starts in Amsterdam, follows the A4 through The Hague, onto the A13 and A20 past Rotterdam, before heading south on the A16 into Belgium. The other two-digit E-Roads in the Netherlands are the E-22, E-25, E-30, E-31, E-34 and the E-35.

Overall, this is a lovely effort that simplifies the highways of the Netherlands down to their simplest elements, and looks good while doing it.

(Source: asvdveen/Flickr)

 
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