Tactile Maps & Visualizations
June 15, 2017 5:51 PM   Subscribe

Showing data in physical form from ancient times to the present. One thing not on this seemingly comprehensive list are the Inuit wooden tactile maps. There's lots to chew on in the main list.
posted by MovableBookLady (5 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
These are beautiful - this is the first time it occurred to me how often maps are that.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 6:59 PM on June 15

Cool, thanks for posting this!
posted by carter at 7:36 PM on June 15

Tactile maps previously, though the main link is dead. Still, a few good links in the comments. This site also has a nice article, as well as more about the Marshall Islands maps.
posted by Kabanos at 8:14 PM on June 15

I've done a couple of modest experiments with fabricating data visualizations. Mostly map-based, so it's relatively easy to do the spatial mapping, but then laser cutting various data traces on top of a 2d map. It's remarkably satisfying to work with physical materials. I find myself alternately thinking I should buy my own laser cutter and wishing I had traditional fabrication skills to sculpt things. I really like Loren Madsen's data sculptures.
posted by Nelson at 7:31 AM on June 16

A wonderful find; thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 7:34 AM on June 16

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