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”)
Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab
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).
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).
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 Medal” New York Times (February 26, 2010); John Krygier, “Making Maps With Sound” Making Maps: DIY Cartography [blog post] (March 25, 2008); Ben Taussig, “Atlas Sound: A Typology of Sound Maps” This is Weird Vibrations [blog post] (January 10, 2010); —, “Sound Maps II” (January 13, 2010); Radio Aporee.
Stamen’s map = yes
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.
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.”