maptacular
maptacular:

The Future Is Off The Map

With new location technologies from Foursquare, Apple, and others, we don’t really know where we’re going. Are we okay with that?
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In San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2, there’s a display of old maps of the city. I’m a fiend for antiquarian maps, and I love my city, so I can’t help but linger over David Rumsey’s amazing collection as I pass through. Before I make myself a tiny dot on a transcontinental flight tracker, I long to ground myself by studying the place where I live.
I can’t help wondering, though, if maps are not themselves a piece of history.”
see more at ReadWrite.com

Cartography is beginning to suffer the same fate as photography.

maptacular:

The Future Is Off The Map

With new location technologies from Foursquare, Apple, and others, we don’t really know where we’re going. Are we okay with that?

In San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2, there’s a display of old maps of the city. I’m a fiend for antiquarian maps, and I love my city, so I can’t help but linger over David Rumsey’s amazing collection as I pass through. Before I make myself a tiny dot on a transcontinental flight tracker, I long to ground myself by studying the place where I live.

I can’t help wondering, though, if maps are not themselves a piece of history.”

see more at ReadWrite.com

Cartography is beginning to suffer the same fate as photography.

transitmaps

transitmaps:

Historical Map: San Francisco BART & Buses Map, September 1977

Front cover for a 1977 map of BART and connecting bus services with some great late-1970s typography: tightly spaced Helvetica*, yum! That BART icon is also pretty amazing and is just asking to be digitally recreated. However, there’s something screwy about that map, as much of BART appears to be located in or underneath the San Francisco Bay. Global warming, perhaps?

Hardly: some quick Photoshop analysis reveals that  the underlying map has simply been erroneously rotated 180 degrees and flipped horizontally: that’s the San Mateo Bridge at the “top” of the Bay. Whoops!

Source: Luke O’Rourke/Flickr

Oh, BART