Awesome Maps

XXL Map Desk Mat

XXL Map Desk Mat
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This oversize padded mat covers a 31.5″ x 15.7″ area on your desktop with a world map, offering an expansive mousing surface, and protecting your desk surface from scratches. It’s easy to clean, features a rubberized backing to prevent slipping, and stitched edges for durability.

World Light

World Light

This unique piece of decor puts an illuminated world map on your wall. Created by Zero Degree, the World Light is a 3D cutout wood map by day and lights up with thousands of tiny dots at night, like cities in nighttime satellite imagery. It’s available in natural wood or white finishes, in traditional or geometric map designs.

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Terra Time Watches

Terra Time Watches
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Architect James Wines of SITE designed this unique series of watches with faces inspired by topographical maps. The design reveals its depth as light and shadow play across its layers. It comes in in monochrome grey and black models, along with a stainless steel variant directly from Projects Watches.

Origin 3D Wood Maps

Origin 3D Wood Maps
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Based in Tahoe Woods, California, Origin Artwork creates awesome laser-cut wall art with a tremendous amount of depth and dimension. Their designs feature topographic maps of real world locations, fictitious places, and the occasional video game screen.

LEGO Art World Map

LEGO Art World Map
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The biggest LEGO Art set yet creates a pixelated map of the world. It comes with an insane 11,695 round 1×1 LEGO studs which come together to form a 26″ x 41″ piece of art. After you place the continents with your preferred nations centered, you can fill the oceans with your own custom patterns. Drops 6.1.2021.

Google Earth Time-Lapse

Google Earth Time-Lapse

In a major upgrade to Google Earth, the service now offers 2D and 3D time-lapse satellite images showing how our planet has changed since 1984. To experience it first-hand, visit g.co/Timelapse. There’s an awesome library of pre-rendered videos as well if your computer isn’t up to the GPU and CPU challenge.

50 States, 50 Woods

50 States, 50 Woods

While taking a road trip across America, maker Xyla Foxlin was inspired to collect a piece of wood that was grown and milled in each state she visited. While she didn’t manage to drive through every state, her fans helped her out so she could complete this beautiful and unique piece of wall art.

The True Size of…

The True Size of…

When looking at a 2D map of the world, it’s really hard to understand how big countries really are. For instance, the U.S., Australia, and Europe are similarly sized. Developed by James Talmage and Damon Maneice, The True Size Of… lets you drag countries on top of each other to better visualize their relative sizes.

Carved Leather Maps

Carved Leather Maps
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Select any map you want, and Foster Leathercraft will make you a custom work of wall art by carving and embossing real leather. Each map is mounted to a sturdy fiberboard backing, and can be framed for just a few dollars more. They offer small, medium, and large sizes.

U.S. Cork Maps

U.S. Cork Maps
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Geo 101 Designs makes these great wall art pieces for chronicling your journeys. The self-healing nature of the 1/2″ thick cork makes it perfect for pinning locations, tacking up photos from your trips, or even poking in commemorative pins. Comes in 15″h x 23″w and 21″h x 34″w sizes, as well as a giant 8 foot-wide version.

Cinemaps

Cinemaps
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Artist Andrew DeGraff’s cinematic atlas is filled with intricate isometric maps which guide us through the locations in popular movies. The hardcover book features 11″ x 14″ reproductions of his hand-painted maps from 35 movies including King Kong, Fargo, The Princess Bride, The Shining, and many more.

LED “Neon” World Map

LED “Neon” World Map
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Joy Neon makes custom lighting that looks like neon, but is fabricated from flexible LED tubing, which isn’t fragile and runs on low voltage. Their most impressive work is this low-poly world map that would make an amazing centerpiece in any room. Available in three sizes: 21.6″ x 39.9″, 43.3″ x 78.7″ and 65″ x 118″.

The World Ocean

The World Ocean

Technically, all of the world’s oceans are connected and therefore they’re a single, giant body of water. Still, geographers sliced them into sections and named them so we’d know roughly where we are. Minute Earth explains where the boundaries are located, and suggests a more logical way of breaking them up based on science.

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Wooden World Wall Map

Wooden World Wall Map
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EnjoyTheWood’s laser-cut wood maps are a beautiful addition to any wall. They can be ordered blank, or with shaded countries and engraved country names, and with pushpins to document your travels. Comes in M (39″ x 24″), L (59″ x 35″), XL (79″ x 47″) and XXL (118″ x 69″) sizes.

Via

Via

Maria Constanza Ferreira created this short using screen grabs from Google Street View. By setting the perspective to a fixed view, it creates the illusion of an impossibly long road. As the film progresses, it uses digital manipulation to turn satellite images into abstract art.

Hexagon Cork World Map

Hexagon Cork World Map
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Geo 101 Design presents a compact, global version of their cork map. Set agains a rich blue dyed backdrop, it measures 12″ point to point, and is perfect for tracking your travels across the globe – assuming you don’t visit the Arctic or Antarctica.

2D/3D Map Prints

2D/3D Map Prints
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Artist Scott Reinhard creates images of America’s national parks and other notable locations by rendering a topographic relief map onto a survey map, then printing them onto high quality photographic paper for a stunning 3D effect, despite being flat sheets of paper. Each one has lots of nifty geographic and geological details.

Topographic Wood Maps

Topographic Wood Maps
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Elevated Woodworking creates a variety of wooden maps of the U.S. and individual states, each featuring a textured topography. Pieces range from small tabletop versions up to an enormous 8′ wide wall map with separate pieces for each state. There’s also a magnetic version you can buy complete or piece-by-piece.

NiteLanding Lamp

NiteLanding Lamp

The NiteLanding lamp is a framed map of one of the world’s famous cities. It doubles as a night light, illuminating the structures with LEDs. The end result is a nighttime cityscape. Sign up on their website to be notified when its crowdfunding campaign launches.

Scott Reinhard’s Maps

Scott Reinhard’s Maps
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Graphic designer Scott Reinhard makes maps that look old and new at the same time. Each design consists of a decades-old topographic layer and a computer-generated elevation, complete with shadows. The resulting map looks like it’s in 3D.

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Frontgate Magnetic World Map

Frontgate Magnetic World Map
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The Heirloom world map has a magnetic surface. It comes with 50 magnets in five different colors so you can chart past, current and future travels. Additional magnets are available for purchase. There are also variants of the map with different frames and colors.

Floating Wood Maps

Floating Wood Maps

Meridian Maps started out making laser-cut wooden maps that come framed. Now they’re offering the maps as wall-mounted pieces that stick out 0.5″ from the wall. They are also working on a web-based program that will let you customize the map you want to order.

Google Maps’ Fake Neighborhoods

Google Maps’ Fake Neighborhoods

Services like Google Maps have way more influence on the world than you might think. Since people trust these maps, any information that ends up on them can become adopted as fact, like the names of areas which didn’t exist five minutes ago. Half as Interesting explains.

Video Game Map Size Comparison

Video Game Map Size Comparison

While we wish that MetaBallStudios had included The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Bros. 3’s world maps for comparison, we still enjoyed watching this 2016 video which shows the relative sizes of world maps from video games from GTA III to Minecraft.

US Geography Weirdness

US Geography Weirdness

We’ve all gotten so used to seeing maps of the world in cylindrical and pseudo-cylindrical projections, that our sense of where things are placed and their sizes is pretty distorted compared to reality. RealLifeLore explains many misperceptions of our nation’s geography.

ARENA

ARENA

Motion artist Páraic Mc Gloughlin compiled a collection of thousands of satellite images captured by Google Earth, transforming the top-down view of Earth’s landscapes, roads, and structures into a dizzying work of modern art.

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