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Screenshot from: Spotify - Serendipity (2014)
This map pulls from Spotify’s servers those rare moments when two people hit “play” on the same song at the same time. It’s most charismatic feature, however, is definitely its squash-and-stretch approach to the map projection.
Experience it yourself here (note: site auto-plays audio):
https://www.spotify.com/us/arts/serendipity/

Screenshot from: Spotify - Serendipity (2014)

This map pulls from Spotify’s servers those rare moments when two people hit “play” on the same song at the same time. It’s most charismatic feature, however, is definitely its squash-and-stretch approach to the map projection.

Experience it yourself here (note: site auto-plays audio):

https://www.spotify.com/us/arts/serendipity/

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Screenshot from: Katherine Wells/The Atlantic - Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk (2013)
This subject matter should be familiar to anyone who saw Joshua Katz’s wildly popular maps of American dialect. The reason being that this video uses Katz’s data itself! But it incorporates recordings of surveytakers, providing a very different experience of the same information.
View the whole thing here: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/281808/soda-vs-pop-vs-coke-mapping-how-americans-talk/

Screenshot from: Katherine Wells/The Atlantic - Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk (2013)

This subject matter should be familiar to anyone who saw Joshua Katz’s wildly popular maps of American dialect. The reason being that this video uses Katz’s data itself! But it incorporates recordings of surveytakers, providing a very different experience of the same information.

View the whole thing here: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/281808/soda-vs-pop-vs-coke-mapping-how-americans-talk/

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Screenshot from: Owen Mundy - I Know Where Your Cat Lives (2014)
This site uses a supercomputer (!) to pull in geotagged cat photos from various photo sites, and places them on a map.
(But it’s not so much about the cats as it is about privacy in the age of web 2.0)
http://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com/

Screenshot from: Owen Mundy - I Know Where Your Cat Lives (2014)

This site uses a supercomputer (!) to pull in geotagged cat photos from various photo sites, and places them on a map.

(But it’s not so much about the cats as it is about privacy in the age of web 2.0)

http://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com/

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Screenshot from: Enigma Labs - Temperature Anomalies (2014)
Just in case you ever wanted the best map of climate change in the U.S. over the past half century.
Explore the full thing at the source: http://labs.enigma.io/climate-change-map/

Screenshot from: Enigma Labs - Temperature Anomalies (2014)

Just in case you ever wanted the best map of climate change in the U.S. over the past half century.

Explore the full thing at the source: http://labs.enigma.io/climate-change-map/

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Joey Cherdarchuk/Darkhorse Analytics - Breathing City (2014)
A contender for world’s best mapgif. Read the original blog post to learn about the crazy technique used to make it, which included modeling the behavior of 1.5 million people and rendering each frame in Excel:
http://darkhorseanalytics.com/blog/breathing-city/

Joey Cherdarchuk/Darkhorse Analytics - Breathing City (2014)

A contender for world’s best mapgif. Read the original blog post to learn about the crazy technique used to make it, which included modeling the behavior of 1.5 million people and rendering each frame in Excel:

http://darkhorseanalytics.com/blog/breathing-city/

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Whiskas - The Living Room Plain (2014)

A mental map of a mental map… of a cat.

More info and maps from this writeup at Creative Review: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/may/ad-of-the-week-whiskas-maps

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Screenshot from: Ta Virot Chiraphadhanakul - Bay Area Bike Share (2014)
Basically the classiest-looking web map ever.
See for yourself at the source: http://bayareabikeshare.virot.me/

Screenshot from: Ta Virot Chiraphadhanakul - Bay Area Bike Share (2014)

Basically the classiest-looking web map ever.

See for yourself at the source: http://bayareabikeshare.virot.me/

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Florian Pucher - Land Carpet Hong Kong (2012)
One of a series of hand-crafted rugs derived from satellite imagery. The Hong Kong version, above, auctioned for more than 10,000 USD.
http://www.florianpucher.com/landcarpet.html

Florian Pucher - Land Carpet Hong Kong (2012)

One of a series of hand-crafted rugs derived from satellite imagery. The Hong Kong version, above, auctioned for more than 10,000 USD.

http://www.florianpucher.com/landcarpet.html

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chirp:

I designed and illustrated a map and guide to Golden Gate Park, and the Bold Italic produced a beautiful screenprint of it! There are tiny animals and tiny poops and a pizza slice and a hot dog!

You had me at “tiny poops”.

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Screenshot from: Brian Abelson - Centroids (2014)
A collection of tightly-cropped satellite photos from the geographic center of every country. Charmingly organized by resultant color swatch!
It’s tempting to try to characterize each country based on its color, but be mindful that the images can never be fully representative of the diversity of each country’s physical environment. The season and weather throws off the color, too (you can spot some images where stitching occurs). Nonetheless, the U.S.A.’s sandy-olive scrubland just feels… right.
See the full thing here: http://brianabelson.com/centroids/

Screenshot from: Brian Abelson - Centroids (2014)

A collection of tightly-cropped satellite photos from the geographic center of every country. Charmingly organized by resultant color swatch!

It’s tempting to try to characterize each country based on its color, but be mindful that the images can never be fully representative of the diversity of each country’s physical environment. The season and weather throws off the color, too (you can spot some images where stitching occurs). Nonetheless, the U.S.A.’s sandy-olive scrubland just feels… right.

See the full thing here: http://brianabelson.com/centroids/