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Stunning Subjectivity: Paula Scher's Obsessive Hand-Painted Maps

Stunning Subjectivity: Paula Scher's Obsessive Hand-Painted Maps
by Maria Popova An irreverent, artful antidote to GPS appification, or what the NYC subway has to do with tsunamis. Iconic designer Paula Scher is one of my big creative heroes, her thoughts on combinatorial creativity a perfect articulation of my own beliefs about how we create. I began painting maps to invent my own complicated narrative about the way I see and feel about the world. (Cue in cartograms.) A foreword by Simon Winchester contextualizes Scher’s maps as cultural objects, and an introduction by Scher herself offers a peek inside the mind and personal history that sprouted her cartographic creativity. A Paula Scher map is both detached from reality and yet at the same time becomes an entirely new reality, one that manages to be useless and essential all at once. Cherry on top: The cover jacket folds out into her legendary colorful map of the world. The World, 1998 NYC Transit, 2007 (left); Manhattan at Night, 2007 (right) China, 2006 Africa, 2003 Shock and Awe, 2005 Tsunami, 2006 Related:  Globe terrestre The Web 2.0 Summit Map - The Data Frame We live in a world clothed in data, and as we interact with it, we create more. Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Web 2.0 Map. This map showcases the incumbents and upstarts in our network economy, gathered around various territories that represent the Web 2.0's Points of Control. We've removed last year's acquisition mode to make room for a newly minted data layer. Pan and Zoom to explore the map, and click the icons to get some insight about each player and their position. Then, turn on the comments view or data layer to discuss the map with others and add your own ideas! Also, bring the conversation to Twitter using hashtag #w2smap. New! Get details on the creation of the data layer on the Web 2.0 Summit Blog. Please jump in, the water's fine! Click an existing comment bubble to join in, or click 'Start New Discussion' to start your own! Click the spot on the map where you'd like to place your new city. Click the logos at top right to turn the movement layers on and off.

What Big Teeth You Have! Of course, you already know the wolf's answer... This scary week continues with the last and most frightening installment of Animalarium's visual exploration of this enormously popular tale. See my previous posts here and here, and visit Shelley Davies for more Red Riding Hood goodness. 20 projets créatifs avec des cartes de géographie Des guirlandes en cartes de géographie, un projet créatif de salt labs sur Poppytalk J’avais présenté, il y a quelques temps, des chambres d’enfants ayant pour thème la géographie. Mais les cartes, plans et planisphères en papier se prêtent également aux projets créatifs les plus divers. Parfait pour recycler la documentation utilisée pendant les vacances, de retour à la maison. Une agréable façon de se rappeler les bons souvenirs avec ses propres créations DIY ^-^ Des objets de décoration à recouvrir de plans et cartes (sources de haut en bas et de gauche à droite) : Un abat-jour recouvert avec des écailles de cartes chez SIMPLE & HANDMADE et un tuto plus simple, CHEZ LARSSONUne suspension PAISLEY SPROUTSDes sous-bocks vus chez MARTHA STEWARTDes magnets par LET BIRDS FLYDes boîtes WEAR THE CANVASDes bougies, THE INSPIRED HOUSEWIFE Des assiettes et des coupelles par P.S. Du mobilier (sources de haut en bas et de gauche à droite) : Des cubes en bois pour les enfants par SPARKLE POWER

Rectangular subdivisions of the world Eric Fischer, who continues his string of mapping fun and doesn't even do it for his day job, maps the world in binary subdivisions. Each bounding box contains an equal number of geotagged tweets. The best part is that Fischer is actually doing some problem-solving, trying to figure something out, so it's not just a pretty picture. The actual motivation behind it, by the way, was to figure out an approximately optimal set of bounding boxes to query for in APIs like Picasa's, where if you ask for the whole world, you only get a few, very recent, results, but if you query for small enough bounding boxes, you can see further back in time. The idea is to choose bounding boxes with equal frequency so you get approximately the same time period of results from each of them. Here's the image zoomed in on the United States. As does the view of Europe: More maps from Fischer here. [Binary subdivision of the world via @datapointed]

Journals – Danny Gregory I am an author and creative director dividing my time between Los Angeles and New York. I am working on several projects with publishers and with clients while speaking at conferences and organizations here and in Europe. Before setting up this new bi-coastal life, I was Managing Director and Executive Creative Director of mcgarrybowen in New York. I helped build the agency, from its humble origins as a couple of dozen people sitting in a room looking at the phone and waiting for it to ring — to the global behemoth (1,000+ people, offices on three continents) it is today. Before that, I was Chief Creative Officer of Doremus, which I helped to turn from a 100-year-old tombstone shop into the B-to-B and Corporate Agency of the Year serving clients from Corning to Goldman Sachs. I built my skills as a marketer and a writer at some of the best agencies in the industry including Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, and Hal Riney.

Crumpled city - palomar They are the lightest maps in the world: indestructible, soft and waterproof, they can be crumpled, squashed and crushed into a ball. What’s more, the more battered they are, the better they look. A contemporary reinvention of the most basic travel tool: - they are easy to use, more fun and inspire more freedom than traditional maps; - they have a completely new look, from the street mappings to the colour scheme and include fresh and fun new city icons; - they provide details about a large part of the city, including streets, monuments, museums, art galleries and much more; - Soulsights are unique places specifically chosen to move, touch and inspire the modern traveller. The collection includes the most interesting cities on the globe. Crumple it before use! It just takes 2 seconds to open and close this innovative soft map. The map includes all the most important information about the city as well as a list of Soulsights Weighing only 21 grams, it is super resistant and 100% waterproof

Mapping Stereotypes Project by alphadesigner Get your copy on: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon DE / Amazon FR / Amazon IT / Amazon ES / Amazon Canada / Amazon Japan / Amazon India / Amazon Brazil Atlas of Prejudice: The Complete Stereotype Map Collection Daniel Hertzberg Illustration About/Contact E-Mail: Telephone: 516-286-7585 Gerald & Cullen Rapp: Follow me on Twitter: @danielhertzberg Daniel grew up on Long Island in Bellmore, NY and later received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Clients include: Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Wendy's, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Major League Baseball, Saatchi and Saatchi, GQ (Germany), Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Knopf, Cigar Aficionado, Annabelle (Switzerland), Harvard Business Review, Yale University Press, Reader's Digest All images on this site are © 2008-2013, Daniel Hertzberg.