Apr 07, 2011

The United States...Reduced

The Koalogist offers "the best and only infographic [she's] ever made" dubbed "America in My Book" It is, of course, totally inaccurate, and sometimes right.

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Mar 23, 2011

50 and 50: Your State's Motto, But Beautiful

created at: 03/23/2011

The Fifty and Fifty Project seeks "construct a handsome new way of looking at our country. Fifty designers, one per state, will illustrate their state motto, creating something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: a kind of designer's atlas."

So, pop quiz time! Can you name your state's motto?! No Googling...

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Feb 15, 2011

The United States of Good Beer

created at: 02/15/2011

A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.

"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!" 

In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at Good.is got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth referencing.  

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Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

created at: 02/03/2011

You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

Materials and Tools  

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Jan 25, 2011

The United States of Shame

created at: 01/25/2011

Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst characteristics.

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Jan 13, 2011

The United States of Food: Your Home by a Signature Dish

created at: 01/13/2011

Of course you've heard of Georgia peaches, Alaskan king crab, and Idaho potatoes. But how about Rhode Island coffee milk? Or South Dakota chislic?  

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Nov 02, 2010

Cinematic Topography: States Represented by Films

created at: 11/02/2010

Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.

Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even close.

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Oct 18, 2010

The World According to San Francisco

created at: 10/18/2010

Culture-blogger and artist Generic1 imagines what the world might as mapped by a San Francisco-based cartographer.

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Aug 18, 2010

The Scratch - Off World Map

created at: 08/18/2010

When you were a kid, you most certainly recieved a coloring book-style map of your home country, and were then prompted to fill in each place you've been. Or, perhaps your family kept a large world map on the wall, using a ball head pin to keep track of where one of you had visited.

"If You Are a Fan of:

(a.) scratch ‘n sniff stickers

(b.) scratch off lotto tickets

or, (c.) plain ol’ maps, we’re pretty sure you’re gonna flip for the My Scratch Map..."  

created at: 08/18/2010  

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