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Jun 06, 2018

Why You Should Still Keep a Paper Map in Your Glovebox

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.

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Nov 13, 2015

The Best Cross-Country Craft Beer Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

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)? 

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Oct 14, 2015

The Most Instagrammed Locations in Every State

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.   

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Jul 24, 2015

Check Out this Interactive Map of America's Most Epic Literary Road Trips

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.    

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Jul 09, 2015
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Mar 30, 2015

Show Your State Pride With a Custom Coffee Table

Stately Tables

Check out these amazing coffee tables you can have customized to your home state!

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Feb 10, 2015

100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where

created at: 02/10/2015

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. 

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Mar 06, 2014

The 100 Best Places to Eat in the USA...According to Yelp

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. 

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Sep 19, 2013

Perspective

Q: How big is the moon?   

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Jul 30, 2013

How to: Make Low Cost, Large Scale DIY Map Art

My buddy and fellow blogger Andrew came up with this great solution to make rustic, big impact artwork that can serve as the focal point of a room for less than dinner for two.    

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Jun 25, 2013

Atlas of True Names: A World Map with Locations Replaced with their Original Meanings

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!

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May 30, 2013

Have You Tried Your State Cocktail? 50 Drinks from 50 States

 This weekend, why not toast with a little regional flair?    

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Feb 16, 2013

The Great Lake States Project

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.   

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Jan 28, 2013

Illustrated Conservative and Liberal Maps of the World

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,

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Jan 09, 2013

Incredible White-On-Black Typographic World Map

"Constellations of white ink on black paper create a world of typography so mesmerizing you’ll have to be careful not to get lost."    

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Oct 25, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Chalkboard State Map

created at: 10/25/2012

The use of chalkboard paint in design and decor projects has been seen over and over again since it became available, but I think this graphic map is particularly great example. Rather than covering

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Jul 24, 2012

The "Film Map" Replaces Landmarks and Locations with Movie Titles

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.

   

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Jul 09, 2012

The United Shapes of America

XKCD, which describes itself as a "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," offers the United Shapes of America, a "map of things states are shaped like." (Try saying that three times fast.)  

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Jun 28, 2012

Awesome Aerial Data Maps Reveal Life in the United States

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:

   

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Jun 06, 2012

A Map of the Breweries of the United States

There are a very many ways to map out the United States: topography, the highway system, state captials, and the like. But none are nearly as fun as this new map from Pop Chart Labs: The Breweries of the United States.  

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