Mapdiva congratulates Tom Snyder, author of “Route 66: Traveler’s Guide and Roadside Companion,” on his recently published book edition. This fully revised and updated book includes dozens of elegant and easy-to-read new maps produced with the Ortelius software. Read more
Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans brings us the United States of Shame Map. Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last (or is it first?) in at least one unsavory category. A tongue-in-cheek perspective of our country’s greatest weaknesses, Jeff provides full references to his source data on his website.
Combining two of the nerdiest disciplines out there, ornithology and cartography, former music producer Jason LaFerrera creates curious collages of birds and beasts by recasting old maps into quaintly colorful still-life—of the kind more commonly seen on postage stamps.
“I digitally manipulate cartographic materials to create fauna, mostly birds, in poses reminiscent of field guides from a similarly early era of publication,” the Richmond, VA native’s site explains. “The patterns of forests and shores often become an animal’s feathers or fur, while the rings of topography often trace out wings or antlers.” read more…The Atlas is Painless on Cool Hunting.
GOOD/Transparency provides a graphical exploration of the data that surrounds us. This infographic depicts a “map” charting walking, biking, driving, and use of public transportation correlated with state obesity rate data (data sources: Trust for America’s Health; U.S. Census. Via Streetsblog).
It’s a simple equation: Exercise more and lose weight. Still, many people spend most of their time either behind a desk or driving to or from where that desk is located. A few states buck that trend with large cities that allow for more walking, biking, and commuting via public transportation, but are their citizens any more fit? This is a look at how people get to work in various states, alongside those states’ obesity rates.
A collaboration between GOOD and Hyperakt.