Alice in the Subway

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…

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The DNA of a city

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:

 Highlight to see city name: Moscow.

The colors of each piece represents the colors of each city and its national flag.Highlight to see city name: New York.

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A world of clichés

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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91 New York movies

May 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

Correctly identify the 91 movies depicted in the New York City movie map by Bernie Hou and win a copy here.

New York movie history

P.S. As one would expect, lots of Woody Allen in here.

via holykaw

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Distorted cities

April 7, 2011 § 4 Comments

Imagine a map that instead of representing the physical and geographical boundaries of a country or a location, displays human communication and interaction. SubMap:Visualizing locative data on distorted maps, a project created by Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó and Gáspár Hajdu at Kitchen Budapest, is a subjective map of the personal experiences and preferences of a city’s residents. Their first attempt was to present maps that show the city from ‘their point of view’ by choosing their homes as epicenters of unique, spherical, perspectival distortions. Locations that were closer to them look larger, whereas locations further away become smaller.

Submap

The project’s latest version, SubCity 2.0: Ebullition, visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, origo.hu. Whenever a Hungarian city or village is mentioned in any domestic news on origo.hu website, it is translated into a force that dynamically distorts the map of Hungary. In the following video, each frame represents a single day, each second covers a month, starting from December 1998 until October 2010.

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Read it elsewhere

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Quick links:

  • “If every single bee disappeared…humanity would also die out within four years” – good.is
  • An ode to Japanese creativity – Core77
  • The biggest egoists on Twitter – uproxx
  • The emotion vending machine – The Creators Project
  • When to drop Google and prefer some other search engine – Lifehacker
  • The best April Fool prank: the cartridge that turns every film camera to digital – re35 via popphoto
  • This is what the world would look like if every country’s area was proportionate to its population – I love charts

world map: countries scaled to population

Know your Middle East

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m Michael Jordan and I rock because I run to Afghanistan. Coolest geography heuristic ever.

via HolyKaw

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