The new Bing map is beautiful

I think the guys over at Bing did a great job with this redesign. The map tiles look much cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing. The only thing that I still miss is the map of bus stops that Google has.

Read the full review at 41Latitude:

…this was not some incremental improvement that Microsoft gave to Bing Maps—no, this was a vast overhaul. In truth, it seems as though Microsoft has left nothing unchanged in the “new” Bing Maps. And yet even though the “new” maps are unusually light on detail (especially in how few cities they seem to show), they’re now among the most aesthetically pleasing maps on the web.

Will Google or Bing try to buy this?

Here is a bit of information about the project:

Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360° panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to bubble enabled in these systems do not provide a good visual sense of a larger aggregate such as a whole city block. Multi-perspective “strip” panoramas can provide a visual summary of a city street but lack the full realism of immersive panoramas.

… As the user slides sideways, the multi-perspective panorama is constructed and rendered dynamically to simulate either a perspective or hyper-perspective view. This provides a strong sense of parallax, which adds to the immersion. We call this form of sliding sideways while looking at a street façade a street slide…

Thanks, Tom.

Visualization of the U.S. electric grid

Via NPR:

The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation’s electrical systems.

U.S. jobs growth forecast interactive from USA Today

USA Today and Moody’s work together on this compelling graphic that shows the forecasted jobs growth in the U.S. Here is a bit about this project from the USA Today’s site:

This graphic shows actual job growth through first-quarter 2010 and Moody’s’s forecasted job growth for second-quarter 2010 through first-quarter 2014. It covers every state, the District of Columbia and 384 metro areas, broken down by fourteen industry sectors. The data are seasonally adjusted.

Click here to view the interactive

US casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq

The powerful map application by Stamen design and CNN let you keep track of US and coalition casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. The application is a set of two maps that display the same data but are organized in different ways. The map on the right side shows the locations of the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan while the map on the left shows where each soldier originally comes from. I think a subtle but very well designed feature of the application is the synchronization between the maps. You can mouse over one map to see the corresponding data point highlighted on the other one. Check the map out to see what I am talking about.

Head over to CNN’s Behind the Scenes blog to read more about the people involved. Many kudos to everyone working on this project.

via Stamen Design

Top 10 greatest maps that changed the world

UK subway map

Click on image to go to the article

By Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library:

From the USSR’s Be On Guard! map in 1921 to Google Earth, a new exhibition at the British Library charts the extraordinary documents that transformed the way we view the globe forever.

If I get to choose a favorite from this collection, it would be the London subway map above. For me the map is one of those very few that are still shaping our current trend in design aesthetics.

Dismissed as too ‘revolutionary’ when it was first submitted in 1931, Harry Beck’s Underground map solved the problem of how to represent clearly and elegantly a dense, complex interweaving of train lines.

Placing the stations at similar intervals regardless of their true locations amplifies the area of central London, increasing its clarity, while the straight lines and interchange symbols confer a simplicity and order on the network. A cartographic icon.

Read the rest of the article

via Jason Kottke

Map of earthquakes around the world in the last 7 days

map of earthquakes around the world in the last 7 days

View the project by Christian Behrens

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