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.
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.
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.
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.
We love the idea of the TravelScratcher, a 24″ x 36″ wall map that features a gorgeous gold scratch-off foil layer. Scratch off the areas you’ve visited to reveal bold pops of color and remind yourself that there are many more places out there to explore. (Thanks Chris!)
JACE.design offers drinkware, phone cases, posters and more that you can customize with a print of your desired location or coordinates. For the cases, bags and posters, you can zoom in on or out of the location and pick from a handful of drawing styles.
Etsy store OriginArtwork specializes in beautiful layered wooden maps. Most of their products are based on real locations, but they do have the occasional fictional subject, such as this detailed map of the world of Game of Thrones. It’s available in four sizes.
Instead of spending months traveling the globe for real, Matteo Archondis used a combination of the Maps API, editing, and stabilization to combine over 3300 individual Google Earth screenshots to take us on a whirlwind tour of some of the world’s greatest sights.
“The surface of a sphere cannot be represented as a plane without some form of distortion.” That pretty much sums up the fact that there’s really no way to accurately represent the earth in flat maps, as Vox explains. After you stop saying “Winkel Tripel,” go play with this.