Maps

Google Maps

The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'

Is ISIS carving out borders by controlling infrastructure? It depends on your definition of 'control.'

Flickr/jaimekop

The Roller-Coaster Economies of Vacation Towns

The end of summer is nearly here. Which U.S. cities are about to radically change?

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Mapping America's New Economy in Construction Permits

The Boston-Washington corridor is up; the Rustbelt and Sunbelt are down.

Bernhard Jenny

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

Twitter

Twitter Made an Amazing Map of Twitter Going Nuts Over Ferguson

Every geotagged tweet about #Ferguson, which shows the speed of global news today.

Associated Press

Brooklyn Wins New York's (Literal) Rat Race

MIT visualizes how the city is swarming with rodent-based complaints.

RBD Enterprises

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."

Reuters/Brian Snyder

Where the Great Recession Made Inequality Worse

The most dramatic increases were not in the usual places. 

The Atlantic/Nick Danforth

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is. 

Blitzortung

Crowdsourcing Lightning Strikes Actually Works Pretty Well

A Dusseldorf-based network has linked more than 800 low-priced lightning detectors around the globe.

I Quant NY

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Chris Walker/Mic

Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Cameron Beccario

A Lovely Animation of the Planet's Hot-Weather 'Misery'

Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?

Max Roberts

A Vignelli-Inspired Map Designed to Make the Least Amount of People Mad

One designer thinks his version of the notorious 1972 subway map wouldn't bother as many New Yorkers.

NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

Google Maps

Google Maps Has Finally Added a Geodesic Distance Measuring Tool

Helicopter owners and tech-savvy birds, rejoice. You can now map the literal shortest distance to your destination.

USGS

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

NCDC

A Reality Check on the Hottest Times of Year Across America

Mapping when temperatures hit the max all over the U.S.

U.S. Government Printing Office/HistoryShots

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890.