Maps

Oil spill interactive graphics from msnbc.com

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Click on image to view the graphic

The first graphic puts things in perspective by showing us a sense of scale. At its current rate, the leak pumps out enough oil to fill a third of an olympic-size swimming pool every day. The second graphic is a timeline map showing the spread in the Gulf as of May 20th.

I didn’t work on these since I was busy working on other projects, but I think Clay Frost, our infographics designers, did a great job creating these and keeping them up to date.

America’s most polluted cities

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Via Column Five Media

Election 2010 maps from NYT

Clean, pretty, and stylish as usual, The New York Times’s election 2010 guide is the best I have seen so far.

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How big is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?

Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Google Earth

Compare it to cities like Manhattan, San Francisco, Paris and others here. You will need the Google Earth Plugin to view the map. Courtesy of Paul Rademacher from Google.

You can also check out this time lapse map of the oil spread in the Gulf of Mexico since April 22nd from The New York Times.

UK general election 2010 maps

The Times

The Times election map

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The Washington Post election maps

Washington Post election '10 map

The Washington Post kicks off its 2010 election coverage with a well designed interactive map. I like the races to watch panel on the left side that gives you a good overview of what is interesting. Clicking on one of the races brings up more information and highlights the race on the map, which is nice. However I wish I could deep link to a particular race.

Click here to view the map

Axis Maps releases indiemapper, a web-based thematic map application

indiemapper overview

From the creators:

Indiemapper is in part a reaction to the frustration, confusion, and difficulty we (as cartography students, teachers, and practitioners) have encountered in using GIS for thematic mapping. Our most important principle, which I hope is visible in the image above, is simple clarity—being easy to learn, easy to understand, and easy to use. Ben Sheesley and Mark Harrower have worked tirelessly to design an interface that fits that bill. Notice that the whole thing consists of only a half dozen or so components, the most complicated of which is the layers panel on the left side (which is a real feat of Flex/AS3 wizardry by Zach, I must add), and even that can be mastered with minimal effort.

Head over to Andy Woodruff’s blog to learn more.

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