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Amazing U.S. Map Given to the First Transcontinental Air Travelers

Amazing U.S. Map Given to the First Transcontinental Air Travelers Oct 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: David Rumsey Map Collection If you were lucky enough to be one of the first people to experience commercial transcontinental air travel in 1929, then you were lucky enough to receive this map. On the backside of the map is a a weather diagram, a "Certificate of Flight" and a flight log for the passenger to fill out. At 14x30 inches, these days the map would have made for a beautiful poster,...

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip?

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip? Sep 30th, 2013 at 8:30AM: e8odie If you have a thing about cartography, Reddit's "MapPorn" page is almost too much to bear. If you also have a thing about travel as well, beware – this one can devour entire afternoons. For example, here's one map that has captured the imaginations of thousands of globetrotting enthusiasts in a way its creator never intended. What's the shortest route that will take you through...

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway Sep 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Bill Abbott, Flickr Since the advent of GPS and the access to it on our smartphones, many of us have completely given up on doing any navigating ourselves. We set our destination, we press "route" and we sit back and do whatever the nice voice tells us to do. No matter where it takes us. But a recent glitch in Apple maps might have you rethinking that kind of behavior. Fairbanks International...

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas Aug 20th, 2013 at 12:15PM: Used with permission of The Portolan, copyright Washington Map Society A depiction of the world engraved on an ostrich egg in 1504 may be the oldest depiction of the Americas, the Washington Post reports. The globe, which was purchased by an anonymous collector at the 2012 London Map Fair, shows the rough outline of South America, along with bits of the Caribbean and North America as small...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Aug 15th, 2013 at 12:15PM: Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers and many researchers, share the love of coffee and beer and sigh at our resistance to the metric system and paid maternity...

Cities With Great Abstract Art Transformed Into Great Abstract Art

Cities With Great Abstract Art Transformed Into Great Abstract Art Aug 5th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Jazzberry Blue is an artist who creates consistently pleasing abstract art. Jazzberry Blue's recently released abstract art pieces based on cities around the world have impressed the art community. Something I find especially cool about the cities chosen so far for this project is that they are all great destinations for viewing abstract art. Coincidence? Maybe. Either way, these beautiful...

Is The Internet Changing Flight Route Maps?

Is The Internet Changing Flight Route Maps? Jul 26th, 2013 at 12:16PM: by n.guryanov. via Visually. Once the lords of the back of in-flight magazines, loopy-lined flight route maps appear to be quietly disappearing on some major airlines' websites. One possible explanation is the fact that many online airline shoppers have already done their homework by the time they arrive at the airline's site to book a flight. But some travelers are clinging to the old way,...

New York City Installs Pedestrian Maps (Finally)

New York City Installs Pedestrian Maps (Finally) Jul 1st, 2013 at 4:00PM: Courtesy Pengagram New York is introducing wayfinding map kiosks throughout the city, a godsend for anyone who has ever emerged from a subway exit disoriented (don't be ashamed, that's pretty much everyone who has set foot in the city). The maps are not only helpful, but also match the graphic language established in the 1960s for the subway system, as Michael Bierut from design team Pentagram...

Mapping An Unexplored Cave

Mapping An Unexplored Cave Jun 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: © Dr Michel Royon, Wikimedia Commons Want to be an explorer? Want to see places nobody has ever seen? You have three options: become an astronaut, become a deep-sea diver or become a caver. The first isn't going to happen for a man my age and the second is expensive, so it's a good thing I live in one of the best regions in the world to do the third. Cantabria in northern Spain has a large...

An Odyssey Ending For The Backseat Atlas

An Odyssey Ending For The Backseat Atlas May 9th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Before a 15-year-old Tim Gravenstreter hopped on a Trailways bus for his first solo trip to the Windy City, his father gave him a piece of advice he still follows. "Don't stand on a street corner looking at a map trying to figure out where you are," the elder Gravenstreter said. "People will mark you for a rube and take advantage of you." Although Tim had studied the Chicago map in the days...

Love French Wine? You'll Love the French Wine Metro Map

Love French Wine? You'll Love the French Wine Metro Map Apr 9th, 2013 at 3:30PM: There's something about the design of subway maps, and not just for plotting metro lines across cities. For those looking to master French wine regions, look no further. Combining the simplicity of the Paris metro map and the complexity of France's numerous wine regions, De Long Wine has made a map that makes all of the French wine regions seem as close as a short metro ride. Of course,...

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks Mar 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: It was with a heavy heart that I read the news last week that Frommer's guidebooks will cease to be printed. The guidebooks were purchased by Google last summer, and as of this year, the entire future list of titles will not be released. With the takeover of digital apps, social media, and user-generated content, we knew this was coming, but it still feels like the end of an era. It's become...

Learn Map Design In Online Class

Learn Map Design In Online Class Feb 11th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Like many travelers, I am a map nerd. I love them all, whether they are scribbled on a bar napkin, printed in an antique atlas, or GPS-enabled (the quirky paper ones are really the best, though). Often, a map is the best way to communicate experiences, share recommendations and tips, and document your travels. How about learning to design maps, meet some like-minded folk, and find out how to...

Teaching Geography With Google Maps

Teaching Geography With Google Maps Jan 27th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Travelers aren't born, they're raised. Last week we talked about how to connect with your kids while you're away traveling. There are plenty of ways to get them interested in this great big world of ours while you're both at home too. One of the best and easiest ways to fire their imagination is with Google Maps. Like many good ideas in our family, my seven-year-old son thought of it...

Parenting On The Road: How To Connect With Your Kids When You're Traveling

Parenting On The Road: How To Connect With Your Kids When You're Traveling Jan 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Parenting is a tough job. It's even tougher if you have to travel a lot for work. Being away form home doesn't mean that you have to be away from your child's life, however. Here are eight tips on how to keep connected to the rugrats while you're on the road. Skype. The greatest aid for the wandering parent ever invented. Why miss story time when you can pack a few of their favorite books and...

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World Subway Maps Drawn To Scale

World Subway Maps Drawn To Scale Oct 24th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Think New York has the most extensive subway system in the world? You may be right, but it's a toss-up with London and Berlin. It's easy to judge if you take all the metro systems and draw them to the same scale, as artist and urban planner Neil Freeman did in a series of minimalist subway maps. Comparing different systems, it's a wonder why cities like Budapest even bothered with a metro, yet...

New Website Maps The DC Area Homes Of Stars And Politicos

New Website Maps The DC Area Homes Of Stars And Politicos Oct 5th, 2012 at 9:00AM: What do Bill Clinton, Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock have in common? In fact, all three have lived in the Washington, DC, area, according to Bigwig Digs, a new website that maps the former homes of celebrities. OK, so the term "celebrity" is used loosely here. While Hollywood stars like Bullock, Stallone, Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn have called Washington and its suburbs home,...

Fernando Vicente's Beautiful 'Atlas' Paintings Marry Art And Wanderlust

Fernando Vicente's Beautiful 'Atlas' Paintings Marry Art And Wanderlust Sep 4th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Spanish artist Fernando Vicente uses maps as the basis for his "Atlas" paintings, which depict different areas of the world in what appear to be three-dimensional shapes. Some, like the skull above, are rather dark. What do you think? Would you buy these? We think they're pretty cool. ...

Google Maps Heads To The Arctic

Google Maps Heads To The Arctic Aug 26th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Google's never ending quest to map the Earth has taken them to numerous remote locations and their Street View technology has made it possible for us to explore much of the planet without ever leaving home. Not only have they shown us the wonders of Ancient Mexico, but they've also taken us inside national parks, up the Amazon River and to a number of other iconic locations around the globe. But...

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