maps

Post image for A Collection of Creative Cartographers’ Madcap Maps

Originally intended purely as tools for navigation, maps have long branched off from this practical function to become an unexpected medium for visual expression.

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Post image for A New Tool Maps the NYC Landmarks Near You

Last month, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to recommend 30 of the sites from its backlog of nearly 100 as potential landmarks.

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Painted Maps Jam-Packed with Data

by Carey Dunne on March 4, 2016

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Paula Scher, the first female principal of Pentagram and designer of identities for the Public Theater and Tiffany’s — not to mention hundreds of hit album covers — grew up surrounded by maps.

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Post image for A Map Library Is Digitizing Its Rarest Globes as 3D Models

“Globes have a very low survival rate,” explained Ian Fowler, director of the Osher Map Library (OML) at the University of Southern Maine.

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Post image for Why Cannibals Were on Every 16th-Century Map of the New World

Many of the first European maps of the Americas included warnings of cannibalism, despite no proof of such activity.

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Post image for Mapping the Gender Imbalance in City Street Names

This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir.

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Post image for Mapping 13 Centuries of English Metaphors

A three-year project from the University of Glasgow’s School of Critical Studies mapped 13 centuries of metaphors in the English language.

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Post image for Researchers Decipher the Map That May Have Guided Columbus Westward

You might call Henricus Martellus’s 1491 world map — which many believe Christopher Columbus consulted before setting out on his voyage — a symbol of the limits of human knowledge.

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Post image for An Avant-Garde Map that Enticed Fearful Customers to Air Travel

When aviation took off in the early 20th century, safety was still shaky and the public needed some convincing to get them soaring among the clouds in the noisy metal contraptions.

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Post image for Open-Source Maps Help Guide Nepalese Earthquake Relief

A crucial need in any rescue effort — perhaps just as important to saving lives as medical supplies, food, and tents — is an up-to-date map that humanitarian workers can use to more efficiently navigate the rubble.

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