Posts Tagged: map

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    You Are Here; Map Wallpaper For Your Laptop

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    I’ve recently been guilty of using the term map wallpaper as a mild form of pejorative; meaning maps that are great for showing geographical context but which don’t really show anything else. I’m also guilty of overusing the phrase eye candy; something which is eye catching but ultimately superficial. Then along comes an eye candy… Read more »

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    Mapstraction, Maps and Me

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    It’s been a while since my last blog post; my day job at Nokia has been taking up almost all of my time and what little time has been left has been spent with my family. But in between day job and family time there’s evenings spent in a hotel room and hours spent on… Read more »

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    Mapping The Might Have Been

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    The moment you make a map there’s a fairly good chance that it will be out of date. There’s nothing wrong with this; anyone who works in the cartography or mapping fields will tell you that one of the biggest challenges in making maps is not making the map, it’s keeping it up to date… Read more »

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    After Neogeography, Here Comes Neocartography

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    First there was neogeography, a convenient label for the practice of geography outside of the formally accepted geographical disciplines. A convenient label, but one which caused some controversy and mud slinging with the aforementioned formally accepted disciplines being labelled paleogeography and with a strong emphasis on the pejorative. So it seems almost inevitable that we… Read more »

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    Putting The Tube On The Grid; A Geeked Out Cartographical Recipe

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    Here’s a simple, cut-out-and-keep recipe for making a very geeked out update on a cartographical classic. First, take a classic and iconic map which appeals to both the map geek in you as well as the Tube geek in you. Harry Beck’s 1931 reworking of the map of the London Underground system will do nicely…. Read more »

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    The Death Of The Map Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

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    Just like RSS, the death of the map has been widely predicted, but to paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of both have been greatly exaggerated. Produce an online data set with some form of geospatial or location content and someone, somewhere, will produce a map of it. Sometimes the resultant map leaves a lot to… Read more »

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    Lachrymose Cartography

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    After yesterday’s admittedly bleak look at how not to use a map, I thought it worthwhile to look at a far more upbeat use of a map. This particular gem has been doing the rounds for a long long time, but I’ve no idea where it originated from (if you know, then please let me… Read more »

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    Just Because You Can Put Something On A Map …

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    A quick review through last year’s posts shows a fairly consistent theme of mine; that despite the absence of the map in many of today’s location services sometimes the map is the best way of simply presenting information in a readily accessible and understandable form. But a map is much more than just a visualisation… Read more »

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    Remapping The World By Population Size

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    From the department of cartographical curiosities comes this wonder; a map of the world but with the countries changed so that their population size corresponds to the size of each country. It’s a map of the world; but not as we know it and has cropped up in several places online, including Frank Jacob’s excellent… Read more »