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Jun 04, 2012

Stately Sandwiches: A Bread-Bundled Recipe for Each of the 50 States

created at: 06/04/2012

Like every informed person, Kelly understands that making a good sandwich is an art form. An adventure, even. So, she's set out to create a sandwich recipe to best represent each state in the U.S.A., using signature ingredients from each state, playing with regional flavors, and honoring the food traditionals that make residents proud.  

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Jun 01, 2012

The Best Bars in America

You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.   

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May 01, 2012

Infographic: The Beer Belly of America

created at: 05/01/2012

Armed with Google maps and the finely tuned research skills of a team of geography professors and graduate students, the curious minds at FloatingSheep set out to answer the simple question, "where can I get a drink."      

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Apr 05, 2012

Song Map: A Road Map of Song Titles

Many a song has been written about "the road." From bluesmaster Robert Johnson's Faustian deal with the devil at the crossroads to a good twenty-five percent of the Bob Dylan and Paul Simon songs in the sixties, many tunes memorialize specific places, or the journey along them.

English design firm Dorothy collected 390 song titles and organized them into a singular, incredible road map.  

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Mar 26, 2012

Infographic: If the World's Population Lived in One City...

Tim De Chant explores the question, "if the world's [seven] billion people lived in one city, how large would

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Feb 29, 2012

Cast Iron Cookware Shaped Like U.S. States

Cast iron cookware? Awesome. Topography? The best. Family companies practicing traditional artisnal crafts and making amazing things? That you can actually buy? Can't beat that.

FeLion Studios has created the "Made in America" series of

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Jan 09, 2012

Amazing Map-Inspired Stencil Art

created at: 01/08/2012

This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth"  

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Dec 06, 2011

The United States of Beard Types

The Beardly has released a clever culture map of beard types by region. Check it out in full-size, and see if their detemination matches your experience.  

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Nov 16, 2011

Super Mario Brothers-Inspired Map of NYC

created at: 11/15/2011

I'll admit it: I'm one of those New York City residents who can't get enough of NYC inspired artwork and maps. I also happen to be a bit of a pixel art obsessed nerd, SO I couldn't be more excited about a map than I am with this Super Mario Brothers-inspired map.

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Oct 21, 2011

The United States of Scary Things

Jeff Wysaski has researched and designed, "The United States of Scary Things," a graphical representation that demonstrates "you’ve got something to be scared about no matter which state you live in."

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Oct 19, 2011

A New Spin on Typographic Maps: Continent Prints

Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing. 

But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange & Park.  

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Sep 28, 2011

Dear America: 50 States, 50 Photographs

created at: 09/28/2011

Fashion brand Zara has recently released Dear America: 50 States 50 Photographers, a collection of, well, fifty photographers of fifty states, one a piece.

The site is well done, with a lovely, lilting scrolling Flash reel and an interactive zoom thing-y...

created at: 09/28/2011   

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Sep 16, 2011

What are Continents and How Many are There?

created at: 09/16/2011

A bit of education for your Friday morning: Speaker and blogger/video maker Colin Grey explores the seemingly straight-forward question how many continents are there? As his charming and entertaining video points out, things get a little more complex when you talk geography, culture, or geology.  

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Sep 07, 2011

The World According to an Alcoholic...

...Or, at least to someone that doesn't know a lot about geography and likes to imbibe. Often.  

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Aug 01, 2011

How To: Make a Magnetic Map Memo Board

I'm just gonna say it: If you can, at least, safely and accurately wield a pair of scissors, it's simply unacceptable to have a plain, straight from the store memo board: either cork, magnetic, or dry erase. There are so many easy ways to make it interesting: make it woodgrain, turn it into bold graphic shape, build a handprinted inspiration board from scratch for way less than the office supply store, or create a double duty DIY dry erase board.

Or, take a cue from Michael, and go straight up vintage map-y.  

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Jul 27, 2011

A Handy Map of Hell

You know...in case you need one.  

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Jul 25, 2011

Map Paintings by Ingrid Dabinger

Canadian artist Ingrid Dabinger finds playful figures, faces, and scenes inside the natural geography and landscape of maps, and brings them to life as the backdrop for her acrylic paintings.

     

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Jul 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 20, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

"Places I Haven't Been" by Evan Drolet Cook.

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Jul 07, 2011

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.

But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.

Oh, and it's pretty funny.

You must see in full scale to to really appreciate it.  

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Jun 21, 2011

Diagram of Geek Culture

Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.

So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.

Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory:  

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