June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Would you imagine Alice taking the subway to wander around Wonderland? Perhaps not, but this transit map identifies the key locations of Lewis Carroll’s inspiration.
Well, if you don’t know where you want to get to, it doesn’t matter which way you go as the Cat would say…
April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
What appears as abstract shapes and colors at first sight, it could actually be an artist’s point of view of a city, let’ s say. That’s the case of Chinese artist Lu Xinjian, who based on aerial views from Google Earth, creates his own maps of major cities across the world in his series entitled City DNA.
See if you can recognize your city:
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July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
All French people are arrogant, Greeks are lazy, Americans fat and all the people from the Middle East are bad. Our world is full of clichés, perhaps because it is our way to identify our self and differentiate it from the others. See some of them in The World Map of Useless Stereotypes created by Christoph Niemann.
via Laughing Squid
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March 26, 2011 § 2 Comments
Do video games create a world of fiction? A world where imaginary characters fight each other in fictional battles? Or do they reflect, to some degree, the existing relationships between countries and continents?
The following world map highlights the origin of the really bad guys that threatens us in video games over the past decade. Terrorists, guerillas, mercenaries, or just insane leaders come, most of the times, from the so-called ‘axis of evil’ nations, from corrupted governments or countries with a history of Islamic terrorism.
You can see the full map in order to understand how politics and international affairs affects the gaming industry after the jump.
March 9, 2011 § 3 Comments
File this under: incredibly amazing.
Sohei Nishino is a very persistent photographer, to say the least. He roamed the streets of London by foot, took 4000 photographs printed them in his dark room and created this collage by hand (with a little help of the old scissors and glue). The end result looks like an aerial view of London, faithful to its topography, although it is made up from street view snapshots.
And I repeat: incredibly amazing.
Part of the Guardian Eyewitness Series
February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment
Radiohead’s new album generates the latest web meme, and other news:
- Listen to a (huge) medley consisting of 5 sec samples of all number 1 singles in history, up to 1992 – BuzzFeed
- Good typography helps clarify everything, even Kanye West’s mind – brain pickings
- How to built your own Stonehenge with IKEA instructions – designboom
- Until recently MoMA featured only one typeface in its permanent collection: Helvetica. Now it acquired two dozens digital typefaces. See a slide show of the 11 most important ones – fastcodesign
- Dancing Thom is the new Sad Keanu – dancingthom
- The King of Limbs review: Are Radiohead the only band that makes so many fans turn quite so studiously patient and open-minded – vulture
- Poignant anti-Berlusconi, anti-censorship ad – Lost at E minor
- United States of America as movies – reddit
February 8, 2011 § 4 Comments
We have already seen the musical intersections in the New York City Subway, it is now time to see the aerial ones over North America. Check out the colorful paths of air traffic created in the sky during 24 hours.
As you have probably understood by now, we love Aaron Koblin’s work.
February 8, 2011 § 3 Comments
You know of our passion for maps and, most of all, of their deconstructions. Besides Armelle Caron, Matthew Cusick loves to play with maps. In his series Map Works, he has created beautiful collages of portraits and landscapes, all of them made by map pieces from all around the world.
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January 27, 2011 § 4 Comments
I’m in an Empire State of Mind.
You don’t need to be a hiphop fan to appreciate Rap Map. I could just (virtually) roam the streets of New York City for hours, visiting different clubs, hotels, bars and recording studios to discover the history of rap. Rap Map is a location-based, Google Maps application, which connects hip hop lyrics to specific places, unveiling the inside story behind them. The placemarks feature a short description of the place and cleverly selected lyrics from well (or lesser) known hiphop songs.
You can also access the vast database of rap songs, provided by Rap Genius, creator of Rap Map. Rap Genius is an online rap lyrics encyclopedia, dedicated to the meanings and stories behind hip hop songs.
For the time being, New York City has the most Rap Map placemarks, but other places, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, etc. are starting to gain ground.
I only wished I knew more (or anything, actually) about hip hop music, so I could contribute to the list.
January 25, 2011 § 6 Comments
It’s a small world. Yet it contains a whooping amount of countries.
How does your country compare to them? In terms of life expectancy, class divide, free time? In terms of oil and electricity consumption? Visit if it were my home and you’ll get hooked (and also very surprised of how your country measures up to other countries).
Its very effective interface it allows you to compare any two countries in the world – I especially like the map overlay that compares the two countries land mass. Careful though, it can be rather addictive!
January 25, 2011 § 6 Comments
French artist Armelle Caron deconstructs city plan maps. Or rather, tidies up maps.
The maps have an amazing visual effect. It is also very interesting to notice the difference between the variability of city blocks in Istanbul and the geometric homogeneity of New York, for example.
January 18, 2011 § 9 Comments
We used to waste hours just walking around/We used to wait/All those wasted lives in the wilderness downtown
Songs are places. This song is your place. The one you grew up in. The one you have left behind. The one you are running away from. Or towards?
Arcade Fire’s song “We Used To Wait“, from their latest album “The Suburbs” (highly acclaimed by well established magazines, such as Uncut, Mojo and so many others, and by alternative digital websites and blogs, such as Pitchfork and Gorilla vs Bear) is a haunting tune about the no man’s land that is memory.
“The Wilderness Downtown”, directed by Chris Milk, is an interactive interpretation of the song, where a faceless man (me? you?) is running around the streets of his/her childhood*. By entering your childhood address, a narrative unfolds, revealing beautifully rendered images and videos of your hometown. Choreographed windows, custom-rendered maps, flocking birds and growing trees create a personalised scenery. At the end, you can make amends with your past, writing a beautifully typefaced note to the person you once were, only to see it incorporated in the video.