5 Inventive Maps of the USA

Visualizing the info behind the trails

Jul 4, 2012

Image: watercolor map of the USA by Stamen

1.
SOURCEMAP
WHAT Trail-tracking of consumer products: from production to point of sale through to environmental impact.
IN DETAIL Sourcemap is a crowdsourced directory of maps that provide comprehensive info about products, production and carbon footprint.  
CREATED BY Leonardo Bonani

2.
WIND MAP
WHAT A stunning visualization of wind flow currents in the US.
IN DETAIL Updated hourly with data from the National Digital Forecast Database, Wind Map provides info about current wind speed in major American cities. Snapshots of Winds Past is a gallery of spellbinding shots worth browsing.
CREATED BY Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who now head Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Massachusetts.

3.
TRESHR
WHAT Easily find free giveaways.
IN DETAIL Treshr gleans giveaway postings from classifieds giants Craigslist and Freecycle, and displays the goodies on a map.
CREATED BY S7 Labs

4.
WATERCOLOR MAP
WHAT Watercolor map of the US.
IN DETAIL Enter location and see the watercolor rendition. Beutiful to look at and could come in handy as a graphics tool for presentations and even school projects. 
CREATED BY Stamen

5.
MAPNIFICENT
WHAT An interactive map that visualizes public transportation travel time.
IN DETAIL Using data collected from the GTFS Data Exchange, Mapnificent allows users to specify location and timeframe for reaching a certain point with public transportation. It should be the go-to app for apartment searching or a day full of errands.
CREATED BY Stefan Wehrmeye

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