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(Re)mapping the Ancient World

Imagine the world as a neat rectangle or oval, flat, with wavy blue water on all four sides. A river runs through it, horizontally. At the center is the Roman emperor, sitting on his throne. If you’re used to zooming in on any spot on the planet via Google Earth, it’s sobering to imagine...

Today's Obsession: Cartography and Photography

My, how our perception of the world has changed in a few short centuries—a heartbeat in the universe’s chronology. The Atlantic has an intriguing slideshow comparing differences between cartographic representations of major cities in the 16th century, and modern Google Maps views. In many cases, the difference in underlying geography are striking: london’s Thames...

Today's Obsession: Quake Mapping

Here’s a fascinating bit of infographic which I’ve been watching for the past few days. The Japan Quake Map is a satellite view of Japan including a sub-oceanic view of its surrounding faultlines. The map is animated to give you a time-lapse view of exactly what the Japanese people are going through. It’s horrific—there...

Today's Obsession: Design Process of an NYC Subway Map

Here’s an interesting counterpoint to one of Steven Heller’s pieces at nytimes.com about the design of the New York subway map. While the Heller piece is a good survey of the history of the maps, this is a good from-the-trenches account of what it meant to actually design it. I like this as an...