Archive for September, 2009

Apple – “Environmental Design”

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

picture-124As usual: Everything which comes out of Apple’s Shop looks great. Here is the “Environmental Page”, with great graphics, nice graphs, and lot’s of white space… Bravo!

Virtual Water (II)

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

trans0309walkthiswayAs we become more and more aware that we may be using water at an unsustainable pace, the idea of water footprints—the amount of water an individual uses—is becoming more common. Water footprints can be hard to calculate, depending on how far up the chain of production you go, since everything you eat and buy used some water to produce (to feed cows for beef, for example, or to use in the factory that made your cell phone).

TypeBrewer: Choose Your Fonts for Your Maps

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

picture-117TypeBrewer is a free help tool that gives non-specialist mapmakers a chance to explore typography in a semi-structured environment. It is not mapmaking software. Instead of providing the functionality of a graphic design program or GIS, TypeBrewer offers a quick and easy way to explore typographic alternatives and see the impact that various elements of type have on the overall look and feel of a map. TypeBrewer is designed for mapmakers who want to learn more about map typography and get practical design specifications for starting a map project.

Change Projections

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

all_projectionsSmall, easy-to-use online application which allows you to upload a map file and change its projection on-the-fly. And export it as SVG.

Virtual Globes are a seriously bad idea for thematic mapping

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Finally someone speaking out loudly and describing what I think since the appearance of graphs and thematic maps superposed with GoogleEarth. It’s just nonsene. Too much noise. It’s “against Tufte”, one could say as well. Anyway, read it here.


Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

picture-118Nicely done, and a couple of cool drill-down functionalities with this library.

GoogleEarth & UNEP Videos

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Walled World

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


Twitter Use

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

twitter2_550Being not a big fan of twitter myself, I found this graphic pretty amusing.