Cartoreading: Current Cartography News

A few items on my radar this week:

Brain Timoney created a video map of all the Springsteen touring spots in the U.S. going back to 1973. This map has just made it into Slate. My take away from this success is that if you make a map about popular culture it will get a million times more viewers than if you, say, come up with a novel method of delineating variable width buffers based on elevation along a river line (pdf).

The New York Times is running an article on the many ways in which maps are being turned into wearable objects, such as flip-flops, which, by the way, brings new meaning to the term cartoflop*: Maps Go in New Directions, and Don’t Require Folding.

If you would like to read more about my background, what got me into GIS and cartography, why I write cartography books, and what my biggest frustration with the current state of cartography is, check out a recent interview I did with the GIS Lounge people: Gretchen Peterson, Profiles From the Geospatial Community.

*Which, to be honest, I just made up.

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