Mapping San Francisco’s Hills

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Sam Maurer created Hill  Mapper (screenshot below) as a way to navigate San Fransciso’s major and minor inclines. Per an interview with The Atlantic Cities he muses that:

“One day while walking it occurred to me that the beauty of digital maps is that they can adapt based on your actual location – so I could make a map that showed not only how steep the streets were, but whether they’d be going uphill or downhill when you got there.”

Using Google Map’s elevation service, he constructed a colour-coded handbook to tackling those hills. While a mobile app is in the works, visitors to — and residents of — San Fransciso can avail themselves of a path to climb on his site, Hill Mapper.

Screenshot of Hill Mapper, by Sam Maurer

Screenshot of Hill Mapper, by Sam Maurer

Surreal “postcards” from Google Earth

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Sometimes even Google makes our world look even crazier than it actually is, as evidenced by these surreal and quirky screenshots of Google Earth collected by Clement Valla. In his own words:

“I collect Google Earth images. I discovered strange moments where the illusion of a seamless representation of the Earth’s surface seems to break down. At first, I thought they were glitches, or errors in the algorithm, but looking closer I realized the situation was actually more interesting — these images are not glitches. [...] These uncanny images focus our attention on that process itself, and the network of algorithms, computers, storage systems, automated cameras, maps, pilots, engineers, photographers, surveyors and map-makers that generate them.”

For the full collection, see Clement’s site Postcards from Planet Earth. For more about this collection and why the images are as skewed as they are, see this great Rhizome magazine article.

-Jodi

 

Map of the day: “the places I haven’t been”

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

I came across Evan Drolet Cook’s “Places I Haven’t Been” map this week and wanted to share it here.

So much of our online world is showing what we’ve done that we sometimes lose sight of the other side of the coin, the things we still want to see and do. This tongue-in-cheek map, is the perfect visual companion to those thoughts. 

When I first saw the map, I thought of the bulletin board I put together before I left on my round-the-world trip, pinning all the places I’d already seen prior to the longer-term travels. Perhaps I ought to have pinned the places I wanted to go, or the sites that enticed me instead – it would have been a far more inspiring map.

Evan’s got a whole slew of other fun, quirky projects on his portfolio site.

h/t to Lauren for the initial find.

Do any of you have maps that inspire you? Please leave URLs or photos in the comments!

-Jodi

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