Maps and Cartography


Hurricane Isaac Mapped

Hurricane Isaac Mapped

Projected to make landfall tonight at the southwest pass of the Mississippi River, a recently reclassified Hurricane Isaac has a lot of residents of the Gulf Coast.  The hurricane is currently a category 1 with winds of 75 MPH.  The hurricane is expected to make landfall later today. There are a […]

Making Maps with R

Making Maps with R

R language is a commonly used programming language and open source software that can be utilized by statisticians for statistical and data analysis.  Licensed under GNU, R can be downloaded and installed on Linux, MacOS, and Windows platforms.  More about what R is here. R can also be used for […]

The default style for the Ordnance Survey (top) as compared to the new color blind friendly scheme (bottom).

Making Color Blind Friendly Maps

It’s estimated that about 7% of males are color blind in some form (as compared with 0.4% of females).   While a very small percentage don’t see color at all, the most common form of color blindness is the inability to differentiate red and green colors.  One area that color […]

Charlie's Angels, 2009 Maps, book pages, Folger's coffee, ink, on wood panel

Map Collages

Artist Matthew Cusick turns bits and pieces of old maps into amazing art with his map collages.  The maps are intricately pieced together into works of art.  The end result is amazing with collages that capture incredible detail and, from afar, look like paintings.  Cusick uses no color aside from […]