Violent upheaval in the Middle East has recently spawned all manner of maps purporting to explain how the region got this way. Here, instead, are 15 maps that don’t claim as much.
Or rather, they do not seek, like many other maps, to capture some fixed set of core facts about the region. Instead, these maps provide a more fluid perspective on the Middle East, often by showing what didn’t happen as opposed to what did. But for all these maps don’t show, they do illustrate one thing: the sobering fact that no one map—or even set of maps—can ever explain the region’s complex history and politics.
posted by whyareyouatriangle
on Aug 8, 2014 -
Jonathan Roberts is a fantasy mapmaker, who produced the maps for the official Game of Thrones atlas. He talks about mapmaking to Wired here
. He also has a website with lots
maps, as well as tips
on making your own.
posted by Chrysostom
on Dec 3, 2013 -
"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide.
I want to change hemispheres and sleep with unfamiliar stars and let the journey unfold before me." Maptia
is on a mission to gather first-person stories from travelers, "to create the most inspirational map in the world." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 12, 2013 -
combines the London Tube (or metro map of choice) with any imaginable topic: wine, LGBT celebrities, or songs about Paris. "Tubists may create aesthetic experiences, but presenting information in unexpected ways is usually a higher priority."
posted by spamandkimchi
on Oct 28, 2013 -
How do you define the Midwest?
As part of their exhibit Reinvention in the Urban Midwest
(in most-certainly-not-in-the-Midwest Boston) Sasaki has created an online tool for people to contribute what the boundaries of the Midwest are for them. Results
can be sorted by respondents' percentage of time spent in the Midwest and state of birth. An Atlantic Cities
article shows one writer's opinion, and also links to Bill Rankin's similar Midwest mapping
project on his always-excellent Radical Cartography site. An excerpt
from The Midwest: God's Gift to Planet Earth
has a more irreverent take on mapping the region.
posted by andrewesque
on Jul 24, 2013 -
Remember that big Red/Blue map
that you kept looking at on election night?
That graphic was really pretty deceptive, and maps were mentioned 117 times in our huge election thread, often because they didn't make sense or were confusing.
Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, has created a neat page
that represents the data from last Tuesday in a more visually accurate manner. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Attention all GIS afficionados and fans of old-school maps! Report for duty and watch the U.S. Army's 1973 half-hour training film TF5-4523 in order to educate yourself in the process of cartography: part 1
, part 2
, part 3
. The videos cover everything from surveying to printing, and all the steps in-between.
posted by barnacles
on Aug 30, 2012 -
wrote] a crazy dissertation. It’s about maps, mental maps, getting kicked off a bus, psychogeography, single element veridicality analysis, Europe, cartography, Kevin Lynch, passed-out subjects, Peter Gould, psychogeomorphology, the Shirelles, and the invention of “Environmental a” – a language for mapping. Among other things. It is driving the wrong way down the one-way-street of academia.
posted by barnacles
on Jun 18, 2012 -
Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary America:
The inspiration for this exhibition was the Library of Congress's collection of literary maps-
-maps that acknowledge the contributions of authors to a specific state or region as well as those that depict the geographical locations in works of fiction or fantasy. Throughout the exhibition, these colorful and varied maps reflect the contributions of authors to specific states or regions and locate their imagined people and places. Through these maps, authors' words, images, and characters, Language of the Land presents a tapestry of the impressions that endure in our collective imagination of the American land and its culture. [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Mar 31, 2012 -
If you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or March Madness in New York, the State Liquor Authority can help plan your festivities with this handy guide
to every establishment in the state of New York licensed to sell alcohol. [more inside]
posted by cedar
on Mar 11, 2012 -
uses Google Maps to show you how far you could get by car, bike, or foot in a set amount of time.
posted by Paragon
on Mar 8, 2012 -
The London Geographical Journal, the preeminent publication in its field, observed in 1953 that “Fawcett marked the end of an age. One might almost call him the last of the individualist explorers. The day of the aeroplane, the radio, the organized and heavily financed modern expedition had not arrived. With him, it was the heroic story of a man against the forest.”
Fawcett was none other than Percival "Percy" Harrison Fawcett
, British soldier, trained as a surveyor of unknown lands, doubling as a British spy
. But his true love was exploration, and not simply to mark boundaries on a map
. His final goal was the same that had been the demise of many explorers: a mighty lost civilization in South America
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 29, 2011 -