Category Archives: design

Citrus inspiration for cartographers

New challenges for the projection-minded. What new types of distortion can be created with these?

The Art of Ornamental Orange Peeling, circa 1905

braids and twists

braids and twists

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Winter Snow Landscape Art

Check out these snow patterns.  This takes a LOT of planning and significant capacitsnow-4y for spatial visualization in the process!  Especially interesting how only with the curve of the road in the lower right do you have any sense of scale.

h/t to Nag on the Lake.

an idea worth supporting: an innovative, well-designed, and community-sourced Food Atlas

New to me: the current project being undertaken by “guerrilla cartographers” to create a food atlas. I love the premise, I love the process, and I know I’ll like the product. Go mappers!

stunning earth science designs in fabric

From my favorite fabric store, Spoonflower, check out the winners of the earth science contest.  Can’t wait to quilt with some of these!

 

Connecting spatial thinking and clever thinking – big ideas need space

It’s hard to be creative without some space to explore your ideas, literally or at least figuratively.  Metaphorically too. Why is it so hard to make this happen in our lives, consistently and in a celebrated manner?

H/t to GreatMap, one of my favorite blogs, ever.

new discovery: Jerry’s map, all 50 years and 2500 plates

I’m sorry I can’t find the first link that directed me to this, but today I took a look at a site I’d tagged to revisit, Jerry’s Map.  I’m loving it. Only map-making, geodesign-inspired, cartographically-motivated, color-exhilarated people might watch all 10+ minutes of his story, on video. Me?  I’m going to watch it again.

I love how he lets the cards direct his movements, and how he’s realized how the combinations from non-adjacent tiles are just as beautiful as art, and how he manages to find his balance between following spatially-autocorrelated rules and taking artistic liberties.

marvelous French human kaleidoscope patterns

I *love* kaleidoscopes. I remember spending hours lying on my back and twisting them over my head, towards a sunny window.  Here is an awesome “human” version, done by some clever French folks, definitely thinking spatially!  I’d not have called it an arabesque, thinking only of the ballet position, but seems the word is much broader in its design sense.  Learn something new every day!

Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit.

h/t to Geography Education.