May 15, 2014

The trouble with viral maps

Bad Latitude - The trouble with viral maps. Plus: Some fun viral maps!

from the site:

If you have an Internet connection, you've likely seen one of these maps of America, in which each state's character is boiled down to a single predilection or predicament. The maps are undeniably entertaining: You check out the state you live in, the state your cousin lives in, the state you dislike for whatever reason, and then send it to a friend so she can do the same. Thanks to their shareability, the maps have quickly become a fixture of Facebook, Twitter, and websites (Slate among them) eager to profit from our fascination with federalism.

May 6, 2014

Cities Mapped by Running Routes

Cities, Mapped by Where Their People Go Running

From the site:

Inspired by a 2011 project that mapped popular running routes in a few European cities, Nathan Yau at FlowingData has done the same for 22 major cities, including 18 in the U.S.

To make these maps, Lau simply grabbed public data from the exercise-tracking app RunKeeper. While these visualizations are not representative of all runners in a city, they do offer useful information on urban spaces. For one, we see that people really do love running near water and in parks.

January 8, 2014

Map of 19th Century Shipping Routes

A map of 19th Century shipping routes and nothing else

from the site:

Nautical trade routes stretch like so many lengths of string in this arresting visualization of intercontinental commerce in the 1800s. The map that emerges highlights not only several continents and their busiest ports, but the various trade winds that cycle through the lower reaches of Earth's atmosphere.

December 5, 2013

Circular City Maps

City Maps That Orient You Better Than Google Can

from the site:

Archie Archambault was a philosophy major who moved to Portland, Ore., in 2009 after college and found himself getting lost. For all their practical uses, Google maps didn't seem to really give him a local's sense of neighborhoods, or how to navigate the city as a whole, or reflect his perceptions of how long it took to get from point A to point B.

So he drew a circle with a cross hair in it, dividing it into quadrants. Then he started exploring streets and neighborhoods by all means of transportation possible, getting an on-the-ground feel for the urban landscape. That first sketch led him to create his first map of Portland and became the genesis of a quirky map-making process that he still uses today.

November 26, 2013

United [Watershed] States of America

The United [Watershed] States of America

What if state boundaries were based on watersheds?

November 21, 2013

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Online

A Dutch edition of Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is now available to view online: Ortelius Atlas

This atlas was produced in Antwerp in 1571 and contains maps depicting the entire world.

November 7, 2013

U.S. Net Migration 2000-2010

Thinking of moving? Here's where your fellow Americans went from 2000 to 2010.

October 18, 2013

Foods Of The States

The Great American Menu: Foods Of The States, Ranked And Mapped

from the site:

What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man--but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not even a little bit): this is the Great American Menu!

Each state (plus the District of Columbia) gets one, and only one, signature foodstuff. And we selected actual food preparations; no state gets credit merely for being the geographic location where a certain edible flora or fauna happens to grow or swim or graze.

September 23, 2013

40 Useful Maps?

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

September 18, 2013

Map Projection Selection Tool

Map Projection Selection Tool

from the article:

The Map Projection Selection Tool was developed to help cartographers pick the best map projection for making maps in a GIS software program. Selecting an appropriate map projection is one of the first important decisions when working and mapping out GIS data. Since two dimensional maps require a compromise, selecting which parameters are necessary to preserve (size, shape, or direction) is important. The Map Projection Select Tool provides suggestions for picking a projection that preserves the spatial property selected and is accurate for the geographic area of interest.

August 26, 2013

Minneapolis Crime Maps

Crime in Minneapolis

from MinnPost:

Below you will find aggregate Minneapolis crime data for the most recent month that has been made available. Reporting on crime trends is a complicated business, and raw crime stats can be misleading; please read the full post on our methodology for detailed information and additional caveats. Check back each month for updated numbers.

August 19, 2013

Mapping Happiness

The Happiest States In America In One Map

from the site:

The map is based on results from a study of geotagged tweets published earlier this year in PLoS ONE by researchers at the University of Vermont. The team scored more than 10,000 words on a positive-negative scale and measured their frequency in millions of tweets across the country, deliberately ignoring context to eliminate experimental bias. What emerged was significant regional variation in happiness by this calculation, which correlates with other lifestyle measures such as gun violence, obesity and Gallup's traditional wellbeing survey. A sadness belt across the South includes states that have high levels of poverty and the shortest life expectancies.

July 31, 2013

Craft Beer Maps

Microbrew Maps: Get Your (Good) Beer Here

Curious about how many craft breweries are close to your city or address? Planning a road trip and want to know how many breweries you can hit along the way? Map Lab from Wired has you covered.

July 15, 2013

Movies as Treasure Maps

Your Favorite Movies Laid Out as Vintage Treasure Maps

from the site:

These wonderfully detailed maps show character journeys and iconic locations in some classic adventure movies. Can you guess which movie each map represents?

July 3, 2013

New World Vegetation Map

New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World's Vegetation

from the site:

The "Vegetation on Our Planet" image isn't a mere snapshot of the Earth - that would be misleading because some areas would be experiencing winter while others enjoy the summer sun. Instead, it's a representation of data gathered over the course of a year. The Suomi NPP satellite uses a visible and infrared imaging and radiometer suite to detect how much energy a particular point on the ground reflects back to space, and it's able to tell the difference between a living plant and other objects.

June 19, 2013

Literal meanings of places in the U.S.

The literal meanings of places in the U.S., mapped.

from the article:

It's easy to think of words such as California or Texas or New York as just the places on the map, but those words actually meant something, once, and those meanings offer a little glimpse into history., designed by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, labels states, cities, and landmarks with the literal meanings of their official names.

June 5, 2013

The Geography of Tweets

The Geography of Tweets

The data includes "all of the geo-tagged Tweets since 2009." The resulting maps are pretty spectacular...

May 26, 2013

Meteorite Impact Map

A Fantastic Map of 500 Years of Meteorites Hitting Earth

from the site:

The interactive map is only a partial sampling of the 45,716 meteorites on record with the Meteoritical Society. "The vast majority of those are fragments found in Antarctica and other remote locations like Western Australia and the Sahara," he says. "Only about 1,107 have a recorded sighting associated with them and of those I was able to find pictures for 605. Since the map is intended for the public and not professionals, I chose to show only the 605 with the most information associated with them."

May 24, 2013

East and West Dakota?

Had the Cookie Crumbled Differently: East and West Dakota

from the site:

Lurking beneath the surface of what on the face of the map looks like a perfectly non-suspect pair of cartographic personae is an intriguing allohistorical question: What is the Dakota Split had never happened? Or: What if it had happened differently?

April 29, 2013

Very Strange Maps

A Collection of Very Strange Maps

from the site:

You've seen city maps, but what about city maps that show where each gang has its headquarters? Or a map of the globe without water? Here are a few of our favorite randomly bizarre maps.

April 22, 2013

LEGO Map of Middle Earth

LEGO map of Middle Earth

March 19, 2013

Mapping March Madness

Mapping March Madness

Maps related to the likelihood of attending or watching college basketball games...

December 31, 2012

New Census Dotmap

Article from The Atlantic: Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

View the map: Census Dotmap

December 19, 2012

Pronounce Wisconsin

Pronounce Wisconsin is an interactive map showing how to pronounce town names...


October 8, 2012

The United States of Starbucks

The United States of Starbucks

Maps of Starbucks-owned locations connected using a Delaunay triangulation and a Voronoi diagram.

The latter shows that the furthest possible distance you can be from a Starbucks in the continental U.S. is 170 miles. Also, further analysis shows that more than 80% of the U.S. population lives within 20 miles of a Starbucks...

September 11, 2012

Twitter Rudeness Heat Map

Where Do Twitter F-Bombs Come From? Heat Map Shows Rudest Places

from the site: "A new project called "Twitter Heatmap" shows where the U.S.'s most polite and rudest Twitter users are"

August 29, 2012

150 Years of Hurricanes

Eye-Catching Map Visualizes 150 Years Of Hurricanes

As Isaac barrels down on the Gulf Coast, take a look at this map of every hurricane on the planet since 1851 to give some sense of how these forces of nature have been battering us for the last century and a half. A pulled back view of all the storms comes close to resembling a giant hurricane; a bit of visual wordplay from nature itself.

August 16, 2012

Map of American state stereotypes

Why are Americans so...

A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete.

May 18, 2012

Mapping Wikipedia

Mapping Wikipedia

from the site:

The map is generated from an archive of all the geo-located articles for a number of languages.