Archive for the ‘Maps and graphs’ Category

“Satellite navigation (SatNav) is a lot older than previously thought. In fact, it’s even decades older than man-made satellites themselves. This fantastic contraption, called the ‘Routefinder’, showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end.

The technology – a curious cross between the space age and the stone age – consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ’scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking.”

Source: Strange Maps


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NB Studios Londons Kerning

NB Studios' map of London

Jodie Silsbys map of Portsmouth

Jodie Silsby's map of Portsmouth

Jodie Silsby is working on a map of London using London vernacular. I am excited to see South and East London depicted in Cockney rhyming slang.

Source: Blanka, Jodie Silsby

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Caspian Sea (2006)

Maya Lin's "Caspian Sea"

Maya Lin’s inverse topography of the floor of the Caspian Sea, where liquid negative space is transformed into a solid sculpture.

Source: Arcspace

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I have visions of a new genetic rubric being applied to Agile J’s Diagram Style generator fields. I’m loving the Inherited Values, Off Limits Colors and Unresolved Type Styles – it reminds me of the politics of family.

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Statistics for Sex Crimes Eindhoven 1998 and 2003 (2004)

Statistics for Sex Crimes Eindhoven 1998 and 2003 (2004)

I am struck dumb by the simple use of topographic maps to illustrate urban crime rates. I love the physical sense it gives to a dehumanized stack of statistics.

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