Somewhere in that no-man's land between technophile and -phobe, I've pitched my tent and pass freely between the borders. I juggle my professional work on Google's G Suite (especially Gmail, Keep, Calendar, Docs, and Sheets), but one of my most effective planning tools is a wood pencil and minimalist bullet journal in a blank notebook. I'm thrilled every time I thumb through magazines like WIRED, but I totally think A.I. is a crapshoot. In short, I keep a dynamic dialogue between new and old tech, because elegant solutions to the world's challenges lie at just about every point in its history.
A perfect illustration of this is the fact that though I regularly rely on Google Maps for real-time driving directions, I still keep paper maps of my home state, some neighboring states, and even an atlas in my car. What's the point? Read on for four good reasons.
It goes without saying that drinking and driving don’t mix. But how about cross-country driving and hitting up the best craft breweries in the same area all in one go? Not a bad plan, but how would you decide which breweries are worth you time (there are currently over 4,000 craft breweries in America)?
Many of us love to travel and it's always fun to see the local sights. Surprisingly though, the favorite sights are not what you'd expect. Since everyone has a camera in their pockets with the ability share their favorite places through social media, Busbud (a travel site for booking bus tickets) recently went through Instagram's location hashtags to find the most instagrammed places in the US.
Whether you're planning your own adventure or just looking for a little literary escape to combat cabin fever, it's always great to learn the tales of those who have gone before you.
This year, the cartographic department at National Geographic celebrates its 100th anniversary. And this write-up by Cathy Newman, and its choice image selections, is one of the more fascinating things you'll read this week. Especially for lovers of graphics and all things travel.
Everyone likes finding an interesting new place to try, or a new dish to make their go-to. And it's fun and fine and interesting to read the major food magazine's restaurant issue, and keep track of all the exciting new places to check out next time you're in a certain city.
Okay...phew. I know that's a somewhat strange post title, but this project is fascinating and totally worth sharing, if not eloquently. The "Atlas of True Names" is a series of maps that substitutes the official names for cities, states, countries, and geographic areas with the meaning of their names in their original language....etymological topography!
For those of us in the middle of the country, we don't always know what to call ourselves. Sure, there's the Midwest - but living in Ohio is pretty different than Kansas, and the landscapes of Nebraska and Michigan look nothing alike.
So, I like the designation "The Great Lakes States," and I love this new Great Lake States Project by artist and designer Meng Yang.
You could get lost for hours inside artist Sandow Birk's hand-painted two-part series, "A Conservative Map of the World" (above) and "A Liberal Map of the World" (below). Seen in light of Birk's other work - such as "American Qu'ran," "The Depravities of War," and "The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles," these pieces become more than just humorous topography, but engaging illustrations exploring the postive and negative aspects of either viewpoint,
British design collection Dorothy introduce the "Film Map" - a collection of over 900 film titles organized in the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map.
The new PBS series America Revealed explores the day-to-day lives and habits of 300 million U.S. citizens. "Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods."
Including this amazing takes on data visualization, highlighting trends, distributions, and travel paths of all sorts of fascinating topics: