In Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), the Inuit people are known for carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried…
How Cartographers for the U.S. Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa
The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking for an abducted girl, and he was convinced she was in the house.
This is my father’s manual typewriter, a Royal Safari II. Or maybe it’s mine — I appropriated it quite a long time ago. I remember playing with it a bit as a child in the 1980s, but for…
Review | A look at the maps that shaped our world
Thomas Reinertsen Berg’s “Theater of the World” looks at man’s quest to capture geographical space.
"Map of the Road to Hell!!"
This is literally the first thing you find if you search the Library of Congress for “map of the road”. I.N. Barrillon drew it in 1858. “Reader! how far have you travelled on this dreadful road? Examine thyself! Turn ye turn ye for why will you die!!” You can’t make out all the details here (the library has some beautiful larger scans), but it’s amazing what will land you in trouble. The major rivers in Hell are Gambling River, Drunkenness River, and Perdition River, but the tributaries include Chess Creek, Backgammon Branch, Lottery Creek, Egg Nog Creek, Cider Branch, and...
In Its First Decades, The United States Nurtured Schoolgirl Mapmakers
Education for women and emerging nationhood, illustrated with care and charm.
This amazing map of Lake Michigan was made entirely by typewriter
As this typewritten map shows, constraints can be freeing.
A Map That Tracks Everything
Blockchain-based mapping hopes to replace GPS. Can it be trusted?
England, But New: How John Smith's 1616 Map Helped Define America
The name "New England" was like a colonial real estate ad.
How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds
A new book collects fantastic literary geographies.
The beginning of our paper maps - Ordnance Survey Blog
Have you ever wondered how long ago we made our first map or why we are called Ordnance Survey? There is a link, so keep reading to find out… While 2018 marks 227 years since Ordnance Survey was founded on 21 June 1791, our first map was produced ten years later in 1801. Following a... Read More
Apple’s New Map
Has Apple closed the gap with Google’s map?
How America’s First Female Cartographer Shaped the Story of the Country
Maps have power.
Made up places and costly mistakes: a history of unfortunate maps – in pictures
For all their inaccuracies, falsifications and fantasies, these cartographic antiques tell us a great deal about their times. Take a look
A 500-year-old map used by Columbus reveals its secrets
Newly uncovered text opens a time capsule of one of history’s most influential maps.
A New Law For Scotland: Nobody Puts Shetland In A Box
Because of its remote location, cartographers have long taken the same approach to representing the Scottish archipelago on maps: they draw a box around it, and put that box wherever it fits.
Mapping a Monster Storm in Real Time
Via cellphone data and user reports, navigation apps and mapping companies tried to track Hurricane Florence’s path of destruction.
Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps
From Moominland to the Marauder’s Map, writers Robert Macfarlane, Frances Hardinge and Harry Potter cartographer Miraphora Mina unfold their favourite maps
Like Uber, but for Cartographers
Streetcred, a new open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)
Start with the Map
Scenes need spaces to happen in. What those spaces look like, and what is in them, can determine how the action unfolds. This is why mapmaking and stage-sketching can be necessary aspects of writing.