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Cynthia Brewer profile

Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts).…

How basketball rebounds work

Kirk Goldsberry, with help from Andy Woodruff, looked at how rebounds work in the NBA from a statistical perspective. When a player shoots the ball…

Equal population mapper

We know that there are more people per square mile in some places than others, but it can be a challenge to understand the magnitude…

Road grid orientation in major cities

This is what you get when you group streets by their geographic orientation and color them accordingly with a neon paintbrush. From the ever curious…

10,000 League of Legends matches, all at once

League of Legends is an online, free-to-play game that pits two teams of five against each other. The goal is to destroy the other team's…

Real cities drawn as fantasy maps

Remember that time you were sitting by the fire reading The Lord of the Rings and thought to yourself, "Gee golly. I sure wish I…

Open source mapping lab

Mapzen focuses on building open source mapping components for developers. We design things that can be provided as a service, but don't have to be—tools…

Flooding risk cartogram

As you may or may not know, climate change could bring with it other effects besides our average days getting warmer. Flooding is one of…

Hand-drawn, detailed city maps

Maps can be about a lot of things, from strictly geography and location down to the individuals who reside in an area. Illustrator Jenni Sparks…

Old maps overlaid on Google Maps

The British Library georeferencing project places old maps, as far back as the 16th century, on top of Google Maps for browsing and as a…

Cosmic map shows Milky Way at the edge of a supercluster

Nature highlights the research of R. Brent Tully et al, which defines a supercluster called Laniakea. A supercluster is like a network of galaxies, and…

Segregated schools, still

The map above by MetroTrends shows the percent of white kids who attended majority-white schools during the 2011-12 school year. Schools are still segregated in…

Louisiana is drowning

Louisiana is quickly losing much of its coast to the Gulf of Mexico. ProPublica and The Lens just launched an interactive project that shows you…

Introvert’s heart mapped

Cartoonist Gemma Correll mapped the introvert's heart, from recluse corner to the town of online ordering. Seems about right. It's also available in print, so…

Mapping plastic in the ocean

In research efforts to understand marine debris, Andres Cozar CabaƱas et al recently published findings on plastic debris in the open ocean. National Geographic and…

Everywhere Jonny Cash went, man

Johnny Cash says he went to a lot of places in his song, "I've Been Everywhere." Iain Mullan had some fun with the location list…

Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness

For trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once. They pushed one out…

Map of military surplus distribution

With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program. Equipment, especially assault rifles, have gone…

Interactive documentary takes you through space and orbits

Impressive work in A Spacecraft for All: This Chrome Experiment follows the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3, a spacecraft launched in 1978 to study the…

Where the poor live, a decade comparison

To better understand race and poverty, MetroTrends maps where people live whose income is below the poverty line. The history, geography, and politics of individual…

Mapping the spread of drought, nationally

Although California has perhaps had it the worst, drought also affects other states, mainly the southwestern ones. Mike Bostock and Kevin Quealy for the New…

Cultural history via where notable people died

A group of researchers used where "notable individuals" were born and place of death, based on data from Freebase, as a lens into culture history.…