Google Maps traffic displays can be handy in a pinch. But what if you’re less interested in the commute on a particular street than getting around in a particular area? It can take months to get a temporal lay of the land when driving around a new city. Could technology fill the gaps until instincts take over?
Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System
The graphic language of the London Underground map is so iconic that “[insert any network or process here] visualized as a London Underground map” has become a design cliché. So why are we writing about the latest iteration, a Tube-style map of U.S. interstate highways, created by Cameron Booth? Because, clichéd or not, visualizing this particular system in this way is actually damned useful.
Combining a map, tourist information, and data about the city’s services, a new system is making Helsinki truly transparent.
Want to know where the worst pollution is near you? With some help from Microsoft, new maps let European users see all that data in a visual form.
DigitalGlobe, the firm that provides much of the imagery for Google Earth, is launching a next-generation satellite in 2014. However, the super-sharp images of the WorldView-3 aren’t for Google and Bing Maps: They’re going straight to the military and intelligence agencies.
Our Massive Impact On Earth, In Glowing Maps
Infographic Of The Day: How River Names Reveal Our Cultural Roots
Derek Watkins plots the many synonyms for “stream” on a map of the United States to illustrate the huge impact of cultural factors on how we label the natural world. See more
The sad slow death of America’s passenger trains. No one takes the train anymore, so why pour more money into it, right? But perhaps no one takes the train because there are no trains to take. If rail travel was cheap, and convenient and fast, there is no telling what the market might be.