Friday, May 01, 2009

a new map projection

kevin kelley's site links to Here & There and a new map projection.

It's an ingenious blend of 3D and overhead orthogonal. The "bent" perspective is wonderfully intuitive. Their map of Manhattan is static, printed, and meant to be "poured over." But the cartographic view wants to be dynamic, interactive, and generated on the fly as you scroll around.

These maps of Manhattan look uptown from 3rd and 7th, and downtown from 3rd and 35th. They're intended to be seen at those same places, putting the viewer simultaneously above the city and in it where she stands, both looking down and looking forward.

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