The design history of the New York subway map.
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Sunday, July 21st, 2019
A look at all the factors that went into choosing the Apollo landing sites, including this gem:
Famous amateur astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, also produced a hand drawn map of the moon from his own observations using his homemade telescope at his home in Selsey, Sussex. These detailed pen and ink maps of the Moon’s surface were used by NASA as part of their preparations for the moon landing.
Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Lighthouses of the world, mapped.
Monday, June 17th, 2019
How cartography made early modern global trade possible.
Maps and legends. Beautiful!
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
This is a fascinating way to explore time and place—a spyglass view of hundred year old maps overlaid on the digital maps of today.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
A fascinating bit of cartographic reverse engineering, looking at how Google has an incredible level of satellite-delivered building detail that then goes into solving the design problem of marking “commercial corridors” (or Areas Of Interest) on their maps.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
In this English language alternative to latitude and longitude coordinates, the Clearleft office is located at:
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Everything you never wanted to know about conveying elevation information on maps, delivered in Peter’s always-entertaining style and illustrated with interactive examples.
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Monday, February 29th, 2016
Mappa Mundi Rubrum.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
This is such a simple little adjustment, but I think it’s kinda brilliant: tweaking the display of your site’s maps to match the season.
Monday, November 10th, 2014
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Friday, April 18th, 2014
The GPS system is a monumental network that provides a permanent “YouAreHere” sign hanging in the sky, its signal a constant, synchronised timecode.
Monday, March 25th, 2013
A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
This is fun. Drag the red country outlines around and slot them into place on the map. Sounds easy, right? But the distorting effect of the Mercator projection makes it a lot tougher than it looks.