Maps

Jordan Rousseau

Visualizing More Than 80 Million Lightning Strikes

This super-stormy map shows just one month of worldwide electrical violence.

The Geological Society

The First-Ever Geologic Map of a Nation Was Just Rediscovered in London

William Smith's kaleidoscopic 1815 geologic map of England was the bedrock of many modern land-based industries.

Dumpark

This Illuminating Map Shows How Sunlight Bathes New Zealand's Capital

An interactive data viz tracks how many rays Wellington actually receives.

Evan Tachovsky

Mapping the Lasting Effects of Redlining

Old federal maps and recent Census data combine to show how today's poverty rates align with racist 1930s mortgaging policies.

Single Atlas

Mapping Single Ladies and Gents Around the World

If your quest for "the one" spans oceans, here's an atlas that can guide you.

Mapbox via USGS and OpenStreetMap

Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time

It's always summer on Google Earth. But a landmark Mapbox project uses satellite imagery to show the planet as it is now.

Brian Brettschneider

Seattle Is Far From America's Rainiest City

Most of the eastern U.S. is actually wetter.

BRIC

Brooklyn, All Over the Maps

A new exhibition explores the borough's complexities by juxtaposing new artworks and historic maps.

Raleigh D'Adamo and Reka Komoli

A Lost Design for a NYC Subway Map, Rediscovered

In 1964, R. Raleigh D'Adamo won a contest to design a better diagram for the New York subway. Now he's teamed up with a graphic designer to bring it back to life.

Emily Garfield

How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life

Artist Emily Garfield maps places that don't exist. "I think that's related to the way cities grow in real life."

Flickr/Klovovi

Mapping the Global Super-Rich

The favored locales of the 0.002 percent.

ekigyuu/Flickr

Where the Furries Are

You might live in a hotbed of people named AssassinWulf and Keenora Fluffball and not even know it.

Jennifer Maravillas

This Artist Spent 3 Years Mapping Every Brooklyn Block—With Garbage

Jennifer Maravillas' "71 Square Miles" captures the diversity of the borough through the items left behind there.

Los Angeles Times

Why Boston's Girl Scout Cookies Suck Compared to NYC's

An L.A. Times investigative report reveals that not all Thin Mints are created equal.

Mapbox

Watch a Decade of Data Come to Life on OpenStreetMap

The open-source, citizen-driven mapmaking tool has democratized the insular world of cartography.

New York Public Library Labs / Building Inspector

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

diversitydatakids.org

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

A new interactive tool rates neighborhoods on the "Child Opportunity Index"—a quality-of-life scale for young residents.

Eric Fischer/Mapbox

Where Do Locals Go in Major Cities? Check Out This Interactive World Map

A world map made of millions of geotagged tweets show the spots where locals—and tourists—flock.

MPI

America's Most Economically Segregated Cities

Can you guess what Tallahassee, Trenton, and Tucson all have in common?