Have you ever seen these maps by Emily Garfield? These are maps of imaginary places (and, also of existing cities). The structure of the drawings is ‘inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons’. I am really not an expert in biological processes but I immediately see what she means. And I love them: these seem to be cities you want to wander around en get lost in. Enjoy your (imaginary) city trip this Sunday afternoon!
Well, here is a nice mash-up: see my personal interest meeting my job. Quite a nice map for a cartogeek who works in the museum industry in Amsterdam. Amsterdamtips.com published this metro style map of museums in Amsterdam. As you can see on the central line, the Allard Pierson Museum is on it. In the next edition they should add the Special Collections right next to it (especially because of the huge map collection there ).
Thanks to my lovely friend L. I have a new favourite website (shared first spot with MapsandtheCity.com of course). On this great website you can see the age of buildings. Different colours for different eras. Makes you realise how spectacular historical city centres are!
All 9,866,539 buildings in the Netherlands are on this map. The map is made with TileMill by Bert Spaan, Waag Society, inspired by BKLYNR. Input comes from the Kadaster, open sourced via CitySDK. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Take some time sometime this weekend to look around on this website, you’ll love it. Thanks for making my day Bert!
(you see the various shades of blue for the newest part of the Netherlands that used to be water before we Dutchies got into ‘polders’. And the red beauty of old cities like Leiden and Amsterdam…)
Do you know the website The Pop-Up City? They always share cool things (subsribe to their newsletter The Pop-Up City Daily, really!).
Today, their newsletter covers Strut: an app that gamifies travelling. Using the app while being on the move, you will turn tiles on a blurred map. The effect: more and more of the world will be visible, simply by you going places. After a while the app will show you what your radius of action is (how big, or maybe how small: take another route to get places!). Sweet! (iPhone only, no Android version yet)
Mappy quizzes and puzzles are a great way to spend your weekend, and a very dangerous thing to get informed about just before going to bed (as I discovered yesterday evening). Figure out where you are on various Google Maps snapshots in GeoGuessr. Credits for GeoGuessr go to Anton Wallén. Make sure to check out the website, because this screenshot only give you a bit of an impression. And yes, it does give you an immediate idea of the exploration fun and you can imagine the addictiveness of this website. Go explore and enjoy!
Mappy Valentines Day! Do you happen to be searching for the love of your life in London? This Lovemap shows where London’s most active singles are, revealing London Bridge, Bank and Oxford Circus as some of the best places to find love in London.
Some fun facts about the Lovemap:
- The top five London love spots are: London Bridge, Bank, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus and St. Paul’s
- There’s the least chance of finding love in All Saints, Mudchute, Rectory Road, South Bermondsey or Kilburn High Road
- The Lovemap can be accessed on your mobile phone (“so singles can plan a night out on the go, based on where they’re most likely to find love”, for the pragmatic approach!)
- If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine you can get involved by tweeting hashtag #LondonLoveMap and your location
- This Lovemap is an initiative by online dating site Lovestruck, and mobile agency Fetch.
I already know KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) is pretty, pretty good in creating extra value for their customers. The social media activities of KLM are always spot-on. But this one is my favourite by far: the KLM Must See Map. This social media campaign enables travellers to create a city map that is customized with tips and suggestions from their friends. Ask your friends about the best restaurants and hotspots and receive your own high-quality printed city map at home. (Allow three weeks for delivery.) Oh, and it’s for free! From KLM (with some help of your friends) to you. Check it out!
Useful, very useful idea I must say. Check out these shoes, designed by British designer Dominic Wilcox. They will get you home, no matter what. It works through an embedded GPS device in the heel and some flashy and very smart LED lights in the front part of the brogues design. Those lights will guide you home, check the video for an interview with Dominic on how it works. LOVE THEM!
Everyone uses Google Maps, mostly without enjoying the process very much (have to go some place, hurry, can’t find it, will be late, etc). Recently Google created a Google Chrome game called Cube, to make us all understand how awesome Google Maps is to explore your world (I am an easy victim obviously). The game is all about exploring the city in 3D Google Maps, and it looks like this. But as with most games: looks at its best whilst playing, so here you go: http://www.playmapscube.com/ (Use Google Chrome)
We have a winner (well, two actually)! Maps and the City had the opportunity to give away a passe-partout to two lucky MATC-readers, for the cultural night festival Nuit Blanche Amsterdam.
Find yourself some warm clothes and don’t forget to bring a map of Amsterdam, because you are going on an urban expedition this Saturday: Sjoerd van Sprang and Rozan Dekker!
Please send me an email today, so Nuit Blanche Amsterdam can send you your passe-partout in time. Enjoy!