I’m a big fan of Heather Smith’s woodcut block-print map of the Annapolis River. She and I have been collaborating on a series of blog posts describing how she made it, and how I tried to replicate it digitally. Here’s my effort: Up next on in the series is Heather describing the creation and application … Continue reading Woodcut Block-Print Map
Here is a really important map riddled with little Chernoff-like faces. It’s just such a fun data set, I can’t help myself. Here is a bit of a how-to, if you are Chernoff-inclined. In the meantime, here’s a close-up of those faces (drawn in Illustrator)! Cheers! John Continue reading Beer vs Wine Chernoff Map
This map, made in collaboration with Jinnan Zhang, monitors active wildfires in the United States. It shows fires by their physical size, and displays age and containment percent. The timeline orders the fires by age. The grid view orders fires by their physical footprint. Zooming in to a fire shows its perimeter. Visit the app … Continue reading Active Fires
One of the most exciting parts of participating in a large online course about cartography is the sheer coolness that gets shared by others in the forum. Lindsey H., of Linden, VA, and, independently, Francis Baum, of University City, MO, recently shared maps they’d made in the Cartography MOOC where they had color-keyed earthquakes by … Continue reading Quake Depth & Plate Motion
This past year I’ve had the honor of working closely with Ken Field and Wes Jones creating illustrations for Ken’s book, Cartography. It was an opportunity to learn a lot in a rather short amount of time. The breakthrough moment, I believe, for the team was when Ken described his hope for each page to … Continue reading Cartography.
There are a kajillion taxi rides happening in New York at any given moment. Thankfully, the NYC open data site shares the data for those rides, including pickup/drop-off locations, fare, tip, cash/credit, duration. I was interested in the terrain of generosity. Based on where you were picked up or dropped off, how likely were you … Continue reading Taxis | Tips | Cash | Rich | Poor
I realized last week that I never really shared out a map I made last year as for-giggles eye candy poster for an Oceans GIS Forum. Anyway, what better way to promote the adventure and mystery of the oceans then to piece together, plastic brick by plastic brick, a Science of Where Undersea Adventure bathymetry … Continue reading Lego Oceans