There are some beautiful illustrations in this online exhibition of data visualisation in the past few hundred years.
Sunday, January 31st, 2021
Friday, November 13th, 2020
What you see is the big map of a sea of literature, one where each island represents a single author, and each city represents a book. The map represents a selection of 113 008 authors and 145 162 books.
This is a poetic experiment where we hope you will get lost for a while.
Sunday, September 6th, 2020
A timeline of city maps, from 1524 to 1930.
Monday, July 6th, 2020
Robin Hawkes has made a lovely website to go with his newsletter all about maps and spatial goodies.
Monday, April 20th, 2020
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
80 geocoding service plans to choose from.
I’m going to squirrel this one away for later—I’ve had to switch geocoding providers in the past, so I have a feeling that this could come in handy.
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
The beautiful 19th century data visualisations of Emma Willard unfold in this immersive piece by Susan Schulten.
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
A lovely little bit of urban cartography.
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
The design history of the New York subway map.
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.