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Craft Beer App

Craft Beer App
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Can’t get a hold of an elusive ale? Fear not. The Craft Beer app is a database of craft brews from all 50 states that includes location maps, reviews, videos, ratings and food pairing recommendations.

Map of the Dead

Map of the Dead

Prepare yourself for the zombie apocalypse with this map that shows locations of shopping malls, gun shops, cemeteries, and everyplace else you need to know about for survival. (Thanks Adam!)

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Google Maps 8-Bit

Google Maps 8-Bit

It’s not yet April 1st, but we suspect the guys at Google released one of their pranks early, with the new Google Maps for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Click “Quest” in the upper right to try it.

Address is Approximate

Address is Approximate

A lonely toy takes a journey through the great outdoors, thanks to a little help from his friends, his owner’s iMac, Google Street View, and a sense of imagination from The Theory.

Scary State Infographic

Scary State Infographic

This rather amusing infographic offer some frightening speculation on what’s coming to get us depending on where we live. We truly want to know why the Succubi is coming for Minnesota.

Jennifer Collier’s Paper Devices

Jennifer Collier’s Paper Devices

Artist Jennifer Collier carefully bonds, waxes, traps and stitches cardboard, thread, and road maps into contemporary textiles; that “fabric” is then fashioned into pristinely detailed everyday objects.

Crumpled City Maps

Crumpled City Maps
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These handy city maps are made of durable and waterproof polyethylene fiber. No need to fold – they’re ready to be scrunched into a ball, stuffed in your pocket or stashed in the included pouch.

See Something or Say Something

See Something or Say Something

Eric Fischer made this set of maps featuring geotagged Flickr and Twitter posts. Red dots are for Flickr posts, blue dots are for Tweets and white dots are for both. Check these out too.

People in Places

People in Places

Artist Ingrid Dabringer discovers hidden forms of people in paper maps. While they’re not always the most realistic human images, each one brings unique character and charm to its locale.

USA Map, NY Style

USA Map, NY Style

Dan Abramson’s very amusing map of the USA as interpreted by New Yorkers, who apparently have no sense of geography, seems pretty fair, considering the world revolves around Gotham.

Street Map Sculpture

Street Map Sculpture

Artist Nikki Rosato makes intricate portraits by cutting maps along the street and river lines, forming a vein-like structure for her art. These 3D human forms are her most dramatic works.

Map Collages

Map Collages

Artist Matthew Cusick makes portraits and illustrations using nothing but map cutouts, using the lines, symbols and patches of colors to his advantage, to create detailed and jaw-dropping art.

Streetview Road Race

Streetview Road Race

While it’s not the speediest way to get around, you have to hand it to these guys who spent 5 days clicking their way across America using Google Streetview for their Demo Slam entry.

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Google Earth Engine

Google Earth Engine

Google Earth plus Wayback Machine equals Earth Engine. The new technology stores historical and daily satellite imagery and data to allow scientists to observe planetary changes over time.

Antarctica Street View

Antarctica Street View

We knew that Google Street View was a cool way to explore big cities and country backroads, but we had no idea they had POV shots of Antarctica. No cars. Just snow, rocks, and lots of penguins.

Video Game New York

Video Game New York

This insanely detailed digital map of New York City was created by gamer Asterion for use in the PC game CitiesXL. Try and find actual buildings you’ve been in. It’s not yet released, but we want to play.

Microsoft Street Slide

Microsoft Street Slide

Doing their best to one-up Google Maps’ Street View, Microsoft’s prototype Street Slide uses panoramic photos to provide improved context when moving between locations on the street.

My Scratch Map

My Scratch Map
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At first glance, it’s a shiny but unassuming world map. But the layer of gold foil can be scratched off to reveal a colorful and more detailed map. Perfect for globetrotters – and lottery players.

Springstreets Map

Springstreets Map
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Dan Cassaro’s clever Garden State map based on Springsteen lyrics shows us where they haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets, among other places. (Thanks Nik!)

8-Bit Cities

8-Bit Cities

Starting with an accurate and zoomable 8-bit map of NYC, Brett Camp now has maps of other major cities as well. The names of places in London makes its map more awesome. To Knightsbridge!

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The Geography of LOST

The Geography of LOST
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It took Jonah Adkins, a GISP (and LOSTie), about 4 years of research to finish this detailed map of the castaways’ island. Buy the poster, or find a high-res version for your desktop on Jonah’s blog.

Bing Destination Maps

Bing Destination Maps

Going on a road trip? Someone coming over to visit? Then you should check out Bing’s Destination Maps feature. Use it to make custom maps that are easy to read and fun to look at.

Mapping Stereotypes

Mapping Stereotypes

Yanko Tsvetkov pokes fun at how Europeans supposedly view each other. Apparently France thinks Italy is full of “Noisy, Friendly People,” while Germany thinks it’s just “Pizza and Museums.”

There and Back Again T-Shirt

There and Back Again T-Shirt
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Because one does not simply catch the 11:15 to Mordor, this convenient map of Middle Earth from Reagan Lee for Threadless brings Tolkien’s world closer to ours in a modernized fashion.

Ork Brain Poster

Ork Brain Poster
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Chicago designer Jenny Beorkrem has added some anatomy to her typographically cool screenprinted city map poster collection. Check out this brain poster – do we really use all those parts in there?

Google Maps Manipulated

Google Maps Manipulated

Artist Christoph Niemann apes the style of Google Maps in his clever cartographic illustrations in his Abstract City column in The New York Times. We’ve been down all these roads at some point.

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