One week of Map Tales
It’s been just a week since Clearleft unveiled the Map Tales project that we built at Hackfarm and there have already been some great stories told with the site.
Paul documented his 2009 road trip to South by Southwest.
Alessio put together a photographic guide to his adopted home, showing the secrets of Barcelona.
Andy told two tales of two different trips: wine-tasting in California’s Dry Creek Valley and hanging with the hipsters in East London.
Fellow Brightonian Tom Prior has recreated the story of the famous Stirling Moss victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia, the legendary open-road endurance race in Northern Italy.
I love the simplicity of Oliver and Peter Walk to School that Peter Ruk has embedded on his site—beautifully simple psychogeography.
I’ve made a map tale of the voyage of The Beagle with material fromAboutDarwin.com.
Meanwhile Anna is putting together the tale of the Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole because—get this—a relative of hers was part of Scott’s team!
There’s plenty of room for improvement with Map Tales. It would be nice to have customisation options at some point—colours, fonts, maybe even map tiles. Some narratives would probably work better with aerial imagery, for example. In fact, that’s something that Andy has been tirelessly tinkering with. To get a taste of how that looks, check out Britain From Above, the epic map tale of the 2008 BBC documentary series.