notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-02-11

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“ Declassified satellite imagery (e.g., Corona, Argon and Lanyard) used in early mapping programs may be obtained from the USGS EROS Data Center at 605-594-6151 (e-mail at custserv@usgs.gov) or from the National Archives at 301-837-1926 (e-mail at carto@nara.gov). ”
How to get GEOINT Products at the NGA web site.

2013-10-28

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jamisonwieser:

Boston Redesigned

Contests are a terrible way to do design. For a designer its work you will likely never get paid for, but it also takes out the whole iterative process working with the client to discussing their needs, researching customers problems and needs, exploring and refining multiple concepts, testing, etc. The map is just one element of a much bigger wayfinding system of signs, messaging and announcements. These considerations get lost when the decision gets turned over to a public vote.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) held a contest to redesign the subway map. This time the contest lead to a real winner of a map by Mikheil Kvrivishvili,

"Kvrivishvili’s map includes new features that provide customers with more information and more appealing aesthetics, including all surface Green Line stations shown, all SL2 stops shown, an area of the map showing the connections between the Silver Line and the downtown subway stations—enlarged to make it easier for customers to understand how the various Silver Line routes operate—and color-coordinated labels for all of the rapid transit lines."

Where the old T map and some of the other contestants tried to maintain some level of geographic accuracy, Kvirishviki went for a diagrammatic look that simplifies and straightens out the lines on 45 degree grid. Especially for the Green Line that break with geography provides room to label every surface stops and spaces them evenly.

Downtown has also been enlarged with wider station placement to make it easier to see the stations and where the lines connect (though not the Red and Blue lines) in a square downtown.

I don’t know the Boston system well, but at a first glance the redesign is much less cluttered. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to have a better look at the article, the winner, and the other competition entries soon.

2013-09-26

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“ Due to the satellite constellation in the UK, a large void exists from the zenith to the horizon in a northerly direction. This lack of GPS satellites results in poor satellite geometry in the north-south direction. ”
GPS measurements on the London Millennium Bridge, from a 2006 article in the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Proceedings on Bridge Engineering.

2013-07-19

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Sutro Tower, from the SF Building Footprint dataset, as rendered by QGIS.

Sutro Tower, from the SF Building Footprint dataset, as rendered by QGIS.

2013-04-22

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“ As the mental maps of each of the islands grew, they started to merge together and the islands of London metaphor began to gradually fade away. Eventually, I switched to a small shirt-pocket sized map of inner London and left my islands of London map book at the hotel. ”

dabcanbouletIslands of London on Everything2.com (via)

It’s been over a decade ago since I had that experience regularly, but I know exactly what this feels like. He’s right: this is a great way to learn the city.

2012-09-26

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“ Due to sensitivities over government and military installations, only 11 companies in China have licenses to do comprehensive mapping, and half of those simply exist to support the government. ”

2012-08-30

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From jocochrane, the cover of g2 containing Oliver Burkeman’s excellent article on how Google and Apple’s digital mapping is mapping us. Some choice quotes:

In an era of previously unimagined opportunities for exploring the far-off and strange, we want mainly to stare at ourselves.


It’s hard to interpret the occasional aerial snapshot of your garden as a big issue when the phone in your pocket is assembling a real-time picture of your movements, preferences and behaviour.


What happens when we come to see the world, to a significant extent, through the eyes of a handful of big companies based in California?

From jocochrane, the cover of g2 containing Oliver Burkeman’s excellent article on how Google and Apple’s digital mapping is mapping us. Some choice quotes:

In an era of previously unimagined opportunities for exploring the far-off and strange, we want mainly to stare at ourselves.

It’s hard to interpret the occasional aerial snapshot of your garden as a big issue when the phone in your pocket is assembling a real-time picture of your movements, preferences and behaviour.

What happens when we come to see the world, to a significant extent, through the eyes of a handful of big companies based in California?

2012-02-23

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From the Metrography project:

all real world geographical locations of stations, railway tracks and thames riverbanks have been matched with the corresponding positions on the London Tube Map. In the image above this process is demonstrated, you can see the mapping of the river thames, victoria line and stations.

From the Metrography project:

all real world geographical locations of stations, railway tracks and thames riverbanks have been matched with the corresponding positions on the London Tube Map. In the image above this process is demonstrated, you can see the mapping of the river thames, victoria line and stations.

2011-11-07

2010-10-06

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Some Of The Different Arrangements Of Map Pins and of Beads Which Can be Used for Map Work, on DIY Cartography (via straup)

Some Of The Different Arrangements Of Map Pins and of Beads Which Can be Used for Map Work, on DIY Cartography (via straup)

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