Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


Posts about maps
October 14th, 2014

I’ll be traveling from November through March. The plans aren’t settled, but I’ll be flying into Tel Aviv and out from Frankfurt on December 25 to Hong Kong. I’ve started making up a Google Maps Engine map of a tentative itinerary for November and December, and will be paring down as I travel. Recommendations?

September 3rd, 2014
August 18th, 2014

There and Back Again, by One Legged Kiwi

May 23rd, 2014
April 17th, 2014

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population. By mapsbynik

September 17th, 2013

To solve the problem [of making a cloudless map], MapBox takes a much finer-grained approach. It takes all the images it has of an area and stacks them on top of each other. Then, it reorders each column of pixels in the stack based on how cloudy it thinks it is. “We do that for every pixel in the world,” says Loyd. (via A Cloudless Atlas — How MapBox Aims to Make the World’s ‘Most Beautiful Map’ | Wired Design |

July 25th, 2013
April 23rd, 2013

Via the New York Subway’s Historical Maps section, the 1912 BMT Route Map.

October 30th, 2012
July 9th, 2011
December 12th, 2009

The Tory Atlas of the World , via Strange Maps

"Where Denmark actually is, ‘Pornoland’ is marked (Holland?), with below ‘Moustachioed Shortarses’ (I don’t know who these are supposed to be), ‘Frog Land’ (actually only half of France), ‘Slimy Dago Town’ (the other half; named after an insulting word for the Spanish) and ‘Gib’ (Gibraltar, occupying the whole Iberian peninsula). Southern Italy is ‘Wop Land’, northern Italy plus Switzerland is ‘Wog Land’ (the difference eludes me), most of the Balkans is called ‘Greek Homo Fellows’ and Eastern Europe is ‘Federal Republic of Bulletheaded Krauts’ (West Germany, actually). The text in the territory to the west is illegible on this map. To the east lie the ‘Commie Federal Republic of Sausage Eating Krauts and Lesboes’ (East Germany) and other communist states such as ‘Nicaragua’, ‘Austria-Hungary’, ‘Moldavia’ and ‘Transylvania’. The biggest country on the map, the Tories’ posturing notwithstanding, is the ‘Union of Soviet Russian Commie Bastards’."

Hilarious! I wonder if there’s a US equivalent? Definitely a lot less countries, I’m sure.