Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cartography for dummies

Remember last month when there was that post about the person who severely misunderstood the typical map of the 50 United States? Unfortunately such people aren't alone:
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Historical Caricatures (con't)

During some recent research, I came across a collection of caricature anthologies that feature "great men" from various geographic areas. For the next few weeks, I'll be posting the caricatures from these collections that included globes.

Next up, here's L.F. Swift from page 303 in Chicagoans As We See 'Em, circa 1904:

- Amanda Murphyao

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Flows through it

How about an interactive map by Andrew Hill of all 250,000+ rivers that run through the US colored according to their direction of flow

Friday, December 26, 2014

Under the sea

What will your city look like if ocean levels rise by about 80 meters? Seattle mapmaker and urban planner Jeffrey Lin made a few maps to try to figure it out. I think this is a bit overblown... but it could take another 100 years of global warming to find out.  But it's not as overblown as this.

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Islands of Portland

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nast-y navigation

We're going to visit Thomas Nast again, this time with one of his very, very many Christmas-themed cartoons, here a pair of kids plotting Santa's route to their house.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cuban cigar

Here's an editorial cartoon by Adam Zyglis about the shift in US - Cuba relations that nicely incorporates the silhouette of Cuba.

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This one by Graeme MacKay is a bit less subtle
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And I'm sorry, but this one by Bill Day is kinda lazy and pointless:
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

From South Africa

I have no idea what's going on in this South African editorial cartoon by Zapiro other than that's an anthropomorphized version of South Africa.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Map S

This was an unexpected surprise: A map-oriented animation from  It's hee-larious:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bay Area Mario

Making maps in the style of Mario world or Legend of Zelda can be a rather popular niche.  Here's one by Robert Bacon for the San Francisco area:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Disturbance in the flow

We've done one of these MinuteEarth videos before.  This one does an excellent job of explaining how rivers end up being curvy... and incorporates Darth Vader.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Historical Caricatures with Globes

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here, back with more globes!

During some recent research at the Newberry Library in Chicago, I came across a collection of caricature anthologies that feature "great men" (usually architects, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and the like from the early twentieth century) from various geographic areas.

For the next few weeks, I'll be posting the caricatures from these collections that included globes.

First up, here's William H. Dumble from page 505 in Chicagoans As We See 'Em, circa 1904:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simon Beck's snow art

Cartographer Simon Beck uses snowshoes and math to make BIG art in the snow:
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...and sometimes he vacations at the beach:
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

3D inception map

This inception-esque cartoon by Edward Steed from a recent New Yorker  is from newlywed Rebecca
“That’s where we are right now.”

Here's another one by Steed:
“According to the map, the treasure should be right behind this door.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Google map proposal

Here's a guy who went far more than an extra mile for a wedding proposal:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Diversity topology

In cartography there's a concept called "topology", or in other words the math behind how objects are spatially related to each other.  Topology can be a rather complex field of mathematics.  Luckily people like Vi Hart and Nicky Case can do an excellent job of explaining it.

And they can go a step farther, by using the principles of topology to create an interactive website that illustrates the math behind the segregation of "slight" racism.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gary Clement's rail trip

From Amanda, here's a poetic cartoon explaining a trans-Canadian road trip taken by editorial cartoonist Gary Clement this last summer as he rode the rails on a cross Canada train trip from Halifax to Vancouver. His entire series of cartoons from the trip is here.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Where ya from?

My wonderful friend Adam provided us with this interactive map showing migration patterns into each state from all other states and overseas. Available in 1900, 1950, and 2010 flavors:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp

There's a map in Jack Elrod's Mark Trail.  It's a map of a swamp called The Great Dismal Swamp (no joke) and Mark's plan to save it apparently involves inviting that blue-clad CEO there on a fishing trip. How thrilling.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

North America beer

If you find this at the bottom of your beer glass you win the geography drinking game.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Introducing: Zap!

Earlier this year Pascalle Lepas, who we featured recently, finished up another webcomic, Zap!, with an 11-year run. As you can imagine, it included the occasional use of maps:
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Bed map

It has turned cold here so this item that Amanda discovered some time ago applies:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing Wilde Life

Pascalle Lepas draws Wilde Life.  I've only just started it.  It's an engaging story so far, what with ghosts and werewolves and all.  Have a look:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Red Rover

I love comics that send up plate tectonics as thie xkcd webcomic by Randall Munroe does.  Incidentally, there's a new paper out that postulates that the Cambrian explosion may have involved a major plate tectonics event.

The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
I just learned about the Slide Mountain Ocean, which I like because it's three nouns that sound like they can't possibly all refer to the same thing.Red Rover

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 1998

In Foxtrot, by Bill Amend, there's an annual tradition of making fun of the oldest son Peter's infamous gluttony:FoxTrot

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Introducing Velabas

Velabas, the webcomic.  There's more travel comics there so more maps to be found in them. Everything is Going Great

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GIS: Wonder of the world is doing a series on the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.  Item #2 is effectively GIS.  Item 1 is actually air traffic control (which has a major GIS component).


Monday, November 24, 2014

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here with some cartoon maps of Arizona:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the public domain

Dave Kellet in his Sheldon webcomic is celebrating the long-overdue arrival of Sherlock Holmes into the public domain.  Can Mr. Holmes survive in the world of Apple & Google?  BBC and Benedict Cumberbatch are betting yes. strip for November / 6 / 2014 - Sherlock Holmes and his Best Friend, Dave Kellett

Tuesday, November 18, 2014