Archive for the ‘Cartography’ Category

New Subway Map


The upgraded NYC Subway Map is not the Vignelli classic, but it offers cleaner lines, greater contrast, bolder shades and less noise. The Times has a nice interactive feature on the upgrades.




After stumbling into an exhibit in the university district in Seattle, Archigram cultivated a real interest in the possibilities of design and architecture. Somewhere at the confluence of architecture, philosophy, design and psychedelia, Archigram makes me re-evaluate my disdain of all things British. The Archigram Archival Project attempts to catalog this group’s seminal works. Tip of the hat to Horses Think for the heads up.

Brooklyn Flea – Intaglio Prints & Maps


I can easily unload the entirety of my disposable income on Sanborn Maps and astronomical chromolithiographs. Why does the Brooklyn Flea have to be so close? A tip of the hat to the Legal Situation for the heads up.

U.S. Highways vs The London Underground


Full size here.

Historic Earth


The Historic Earth App f.k.a the Old Map App has finally been released. The app transposes historic maps on a modern map, so you literally see how the land and the maps have changed over time. Its has lots specific maps for Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Austrian National Library Map Collection and Globe Museum


It’s such a shame that the  only public museum dedicated solely to globes is in Vienna. One can always dream. The collection contains more than 400 globes, 240 of which are on display, including an original by Mercator.

Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009



The main branch of the New York Public Library has a new exhibit called Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009, beginning on September 25, 2009. It’s worth going just for a visit to the library. The exhibit is in honor of the New York Harbor Quadricentennial displaying rare maps and atlases from the library’s archives. I am looking into accessing the archives under the guise of a wayward academic.

Old Map iPhone App


The world has so many little gifts.

Grand Orrery


This Grand Ornery is on display at the Putnam Gallery in Harvard’s Department of the History of Science. The below description is from the Putnam’s on line display.

This gear-driven model of the solar system is made of mahogany and brass and is operated by hand-crank. The planets–Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn–are included with their known satellites. The planets revolve on their axes, the moons revolve around the planets, and each planetary system revolves around the sun at relative speeds. The Earth’s system also shows the rotation of the lunar node, represented by a small ivory ball on a stick.

The ecliptic ring is silvered and marked with calendar scales. One is the zodiacal calendar; the other the civil calendar. 




At the age of 87, Mary Baker Eddy started the Christian Science Monitor, which has won 7 Pulitzer Prizes. The paper’s original headquarters is located at what is now known as the Mary Baker Eddy Library.

The crown jewel of the Mary Baker Eddy Library is the Mapparium, built after Mary Baker Eddy’s death in 1935 by Chester Lindsay Churchill. The Mapparium is a three-story, stained-glass globe bisected by thirty-foot glass bridge. The stained-glass globe is illuminated from the outside by LEDs, but was once lit by hundreds of lamps. The Mapparium allows the viewer to observe the Earth without distortion. A standard globe offers constant scale, but is an imprecise illustration of the world perverted by distortion. The Mapparium is unique in that with a view from inside a globe, the observer is the same distance from every point on the Earth.