Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Persian rug patterns using Google Maps

May 30, 2013

Aerial photo images extracted from Google Maps have been pieced together to form images that look like complex Persian rug patterns.

If you thought Apple’s maps were weird…

September 21, 2012

There has been a lot of interest in the media following the launch of Apple’s new Maps app which comes preloaded with the new IOS 6 operating system. Many have complained that the app has significant towns missing and features in the wrong place or pooly labelled. Here’s a nice feature from the founder of Strange Maps that highlights just a few of the bizarre maps that have been produced over the last few hundred years.

Escape the map

April 10, 2012

Actually a slick piece of advertising for a major manufacturer of motor cars, this remarkable immersive and interactive site takes its inspiration from Google Street View.


Locating London’s Past

December 17, 2011

This site allows you to search a wide variety of digital historical resources, such as records of crime, plague deaths and archaeological finds, and plot these onto different base maps, including John Rocque’s well known map of London from 1746.

[Thanks to SW and GF for spotting this first]


Cut Maps

May 30, 2011

Our Map Library regularly gives away redundant maps for use by art and design students who have put them to a variety of imaginative uses, including clothes design. The American artist Nikki Rosato has done some amazing work by intricately cutting out all the space between the roads on a map to produce a fine paper lattice, which is then shaped into a human figure.

Fairytales and IP

May 6, 2011

“The Fairytale Map of Russia is a project aimed at collecting information about interesting sites, culture events and extraordinary museums devoted to fairytale characters representing this country’s diverse folklore traditions”.

It seems, as reported in The Telegraph, that aUkrainian organisation is now arguing that some of these Russian fairytale characters are actually Ukranian, which raises issues about the intellectual property rights of folklore heritage.

London Surnames

May 3, 2011

This map, produced by a researcher at the UCL Department of Geography, shows the 15 most frequent surnames in each of 983 geographic units across Greater London. It’s facsinating to see how the most popular surnames seem to cluster together.

Driving simulator

March 11, 2011

TOTD regularly uses Google Maps, Google Street View, Google Earth and the excellent air photo imagery available via Bing’s bird’s-eye view. This site is perhaps only a driving simulator in the sense that you enter a start and end point and it navigates between the two. What’s more interesting, however, is the fact that it displays all four map/photo views on the same page and updates them simultaneously.


June 24, 2010

Launched in June 2010, the Historypin site states that it aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories. Using Google Maps and Street View technology, users can upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Old photographs can be layered onto modern Street View scenes.

It’s a global project, but it would be great to get some more historic photos of Portsmouth on the site.

Met Office Invent

June 23, 2010

It is surprising perhaps that, given our obsession with the subject, TOTD hasn’t featured a weather-related site before. Met Office Invent is a beta site that showcases some of their future plans for presenting web-based weather forecasts.