Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The National Votes for Women Trail

 The National Votes for Women Trail is a project of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. The trail shows sites integral to the campaign for women's suffrage.  They have collected over 2,100 sites around the country so far. So many that the map at country level is basically a population map. 

These sites can be filtered in numerous ways such as by organization and ethnicity. The "Latinx" filter for example shows mainly sites in the Southwest. There are no sites east of the Mississippi.

You can also zoom in to an area and choose to keep or exclude certain sites.

You can submit your own sites. The interface, by Tableau is nice and slick looking. However the tools are a bit sticky and don't always work as intended. Also the filters are very hard to use because there are so many choices. My final complaint about the interface is that the aerial photo view makes it difficult to see the sites in built up areas*,

and even more so in dry, built up areas.

*These screen shots actually look better my screen looks. Still, if I were designing this I would have given a simple base map option so the sites stand out more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lynching Maps

The NAACP used cartography to highlight lynchings in an attempt to garner support for the protection of their communities. This map uses a somewhat unusual but effective group of pattern fills to show statewide data. 

A few years later this map appeared in a magazine called The Crisis showing lynchings between 1889 and 1921.

"Each dot on this map represents one of the 3,436 lynchings which took place in the United States between 1889 and 1921, a period of 32 years. The dots are all in the states where the lynchings occurred but naturally they could not be placed in the exact localities...but within the state boundaries." The way the dots are grouped within each state is strangely random as are the differing dot sizes.

These maps came from an article in Geography Realm which highlights the contributions of black cartographers in creating maps for social justice. More info on this topic here

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Black History in Baton Rouge

Mid City Studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana created a series of maps for each month in 2017 in honor of that city's 200th anniversary. The map for February, Black History Month, shows the historic highlights of South Baton Rouge.

What the map design lacks in excitement it makes up for with a wealth of detail.  Their other monthly maps are also worth a look.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Polish Phonetic Map of Britain

This map was recently featured in an episode of Map Men covering Soviet cold war cartography. It shows southeastern British place names spelled phonetically to teach would be Polish invaders how to pronounce them.

The map was originally put on Twitter by former Economist researcher Alex White but the original tweet appears to be gone. The image above is via The Sun. Some fun names include Saufend-on-Sji (Southend-on-Sea), Hejstynz (Hastings) and Byszeps-Stofed (Bishops Stortford).

A bit shocking to think about perhaps but it makes for some nice wall art

This version was created by Maple Tea based on the original version.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Shifting Place Names in Africa

This map from PisseGuri82 shows place names that are no longer in the same location as the current country.

According to this page they do not overlap "at all" though that is only true for the pre-colonial kingdoms. Some of these countries are remnants of previously larger kingdoms. For example, Guinea is named for the Gulf of Guinea which the modern day country does not border. Benin was a kingdom based in Nigeria with Benin City, Nigeria as its capital. Many of these names were either imposed by colonial powers or chosen when the countries became independent.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Dark Tourism

 If seeing what horrible things people do to others and to the environment is your thing then you might enjoy these "dark tourism" destinations.

Compiled shortly before the current pandemic restricted travel, this list curated by a travel insurance company, even includes places such as North Korea where travel insurance is not covered. Gulags, genocide, horrible working conditions, nuclear destruction, it's all here! You can double your money in Chacabuco, Chile where there is a nitrate industry ghost town and a Pinochet concentration camp.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

COVID-19: The Early Days

A year ago the COVID-19 pandemic made its first inroads into the United States. The virus was first found in Washington State in late January-early February. Science Magazine details the routes the virus took and includes this map.

The article details how some of the earliest introductions in Washington were controlled by rapid interventions and social distancing. However, subsequent viruses appeared that were genetically similar making for "chains of cryptic transmission that started on 15 January and went undetected for several weeks."  The dashed lines indicate transmissions that died out. An early incursion to Munich, Germany is another example of a dead end. This variant was spread by an auto supplier who came to a company headquarters in Bavaria from Shanghai. The outbreak infected 16 employees but was contained through testing and isolation.

Eventually the virus made inroads in Washington and California by direct travel from China while another pathway brought the virus to New York via Italy. This lead to the earliest outbreaks, first in Seattle and then in New York City.