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Watercolor Map Tiles

A couple of years ago, when you thought about online interactive maps, what came to your mind? Lots of yellow. Online maps are looking a lot different these days though,…

Visualizing the History of Everything

Big History is a field of study that crosses multiple disciplines such as biology, natural history, and economics to form a single timeline that starts at the beginning of time…

Comparing heritage in the Melting Pot

At first I thought this map, by David Yanofsky for Bloomberg, was your standard county-level choropleth map of demographics. Select a self-described heritage from the first drop down and you…

Geography of the basketball court

Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State, applies his skills to the basketball court. In the quest to better understand the "average" NBA shooter I have begun…

Geography of government benefits

I missed this one a while back, but The New York Times had a look at the growth of government benefit programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, in…

Growing urban populations

In this simple interactive animation by Periscopic, in partnership with UNICEF, we see the changes in urban population from 1950 up to present, through projections for 2050. Circle size represents…

Mobile phone digital traces

In collaboration with Lift and Near Future Laboratory, Interactive Things explores digital traces left by mobile phones in Ville Vivante. Lines and paths flow from place to place in Geneva,…

Wind motion patterns animated

Nicolas Garcia Belmonte, author of the JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit, mapped 72 hours of weather data from 1,200 stations across the country. Gathering the data from the National Weather Service was…

Really old maps online

Maps have been around for a long time, but you might not know it looking online. It can be hard to find them. Old Maps Online, a project by The…

Giant globe display

Hawt. [Tokyotek via @datapointed]…

Map your Twitter friends

You'd think that this would've been done by now, but this simple mashup does exactly what the title says. Just connect your Twitter account and the people you follow popup,…

Patterns of daily life in Netherlands from Above

In a similar fashion to their work in Britain from Above, CGI and animation group 422 South map the daily patterns of those in the Netherlands in VPRO's production of…

Abstract maps of the United States

Esquire invited a handful of map-makers to represent the United States outside its borders. Red state, blue state, big state, small state, north and south and east and west: How…

Taxi migration in Manhattan

While we're on the topic of things moving on a map of changing camera angles, class project Taxi, by Tom McKeogh, Eliza Montgomery and Juan Saldarriaga, shows the movements of…

Animation shows national migration patterns

Even Westvang uses tax return data to visualize migration patterns of 300,000 Norwegians. When running at full speed the visualization is clearly lacking in terms of salient features, yet I…

Bird migration patterns mapped

Birds move. eBird shows us how. Understanding patterns of bird occurrence at continental scales has long been one of eBird's fundamental challenges. Only now, with 42 million records and ever…

Mapping the drug wars in Mexico

Diego Valle-Jones maps homicides and trafficking routes in Mexico. To unclutter the map and following the lead of the paper Trafficking Networks and the Mexican Drug War by Melissa Dell,…

Geographic connectedness via Twitter locations

Eric Fischer has mastered the art of making use of geotagged things from social sites like Twitter and Flickr. In his most recent set, Fischer maps connectedness via geotagged tweet…

High resolution biomass map, at management scale

In 2010, NASA released a map that shows world forest heights. Robert Simmon, using data from The Woods Hole Research Center, has produced an even higher resolution map, down to…

Find out what percent you are in

Accompanying an article on the variations of the wealthiest one percent, The New York Times provides this interactive map to see what percent you're in. Simply enter your household income…

World subway paths at scale

Urban planner Neil Freeman maps the world's subway systems to scale in a minimal style resembling the scribbles or renderings of weird sea creatures by a two-year-old. I wish there…

Designing Google Maps

Google Maps is one of Google's best applications, but the time, energy, and thought put into designing it often goes unnoticed because of how easy it is to use, for…