Possible Subjects for Your Map Critiques
(you’re also welcome to go “off-list”!)

Lots more where these came from

Betaville (“an open-source multiplayer environment for real cities, in which ideas for new works of public art, architecture, urban design, and development can be shared, discussed, tweaked, and brought to maturity in context, and with the kind of broad participation people take for granted in open source software development”)

SIDL’s Art Clusters

Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab

Denis Wood: Water, gas and sewer lines beneath Boylan Heights

Denis Wood’s Everything Sings maps: a beautiful book, and the subject of a recent article (with a nice slideshow!) in Design Observer


Feltron Annual Reports

Google Maps/Earth

History Pin


James Bridle’s Rorschmap

Mapping Power Networks: Bureau d’Etudes + Josh On’s “They Rule” (see Brian Holmes, “Counter Cartographies” and J. J. King, “The Node Knows” In Janet Adams & Peter Hall, Eds., Else/Where: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006): 20-25, 44-49 + 37-41).

Mapping Surveillance: Institute for Applied Autonomy, “i-SEE” (see Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat, “Tactical Cartographies” An Atlas of Radical Cartography (Los Angeles: Journal of Aeshtetics an Protest Press, 2007): 29-37).


Mapping Cyberspace: Barrett Lyon & The Opte Project, “Map of the Internet” + Bill Cheswick & Hal Burch, Lumeta + Atlas of Cyberspaces.

Mapping Projects for Mobile Devices: Chris Speed, et. al., “Walking Through Time“; 34 North 118 West [here too]

The Network & Society Project, the CurrentCity Project + Other Projects @ MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

Christian Nold, Biomapping (see Tom Vanderbilt, “The Body Electric” Artforum 45:7 (March 2007): 119-20 and Christian Nold, Ed., Emotional Cartography: Technologies of the Self (Creative Commons)).

Old S.F.: “This site provides an alternative way of browsing the SFPL‘s incredible San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection.”

Pleiades (see Tom Elliott & Sean Gillies, “Digital Geography and ClassicsDigital Humanities Quarterly 3:1 (Winter 2009).

Proboscis, “Urban Tapestries” (see Andrea Moed, “The Map Gets Personal” In Janet Adams & Peter Hall, Eds., Else/Where: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006): 107, 122).

Radical Cartography


Ryan Syllivan’s Redraw/Reboot Maps [via]

Eric Sanderson, Kim Fisher, Markley Boyer, Amanda Huron and Danielle LaBruna & Philip Pond, The Mannahatta Project.

The Skyscraper Museum’s Visual Index to the Virtual Archive and Manhattan Timeformations (see Janet Abrams, “Destinations and Detours” and “Looking for a Less Imperial Gaze” In Janet Adams & Peter Hall, Eds., Else/Where: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006): 112-16).

Sound Mapping: “Fractions of a Second: An Olympic MedalNew York Times (February 26, 2010); John Krygier, “Making Maps With SoundMaking Maps: DIY Cartography [blog post] (March 25, 2008); Ben Taussig, “Atlas Sound: A Typology of Sound MapsThis is Weird Vibrations [blog post] (January 10, 2010); —, “Sound Maps II” (January 13, 2010); Radio Aporee.

Stamen: map = yes

Stamen’s map = yes

Stamen’s Burning Map, Toner, Terrain, and Watercolor Maps

Tauranac Maps: True to Tauranac’s belief that a transportation map should be more didactic than merely indicating full-time v. part-time service, the service on his maps is time specific – a red number or letter indicates that the service only operates weekdays, blue indicates that the service only operates rush hours, and so on. The subway map includes an index of stations that comes not only with the expected grid coordinates that tell you where to find stations on the map itself, the index also tells you the daytime service at each station. The bus map includes information on each route’s primary streets of operation, and – to make sense of destination signs – its terminals.

TreeKit: “We’re helping city dwellers measure, map, and manage street trees.” [see this article in Atlantic Cities]

Ushahidi: “We are a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.”

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