Category Archives: Cartography

The Northern Hemisphere of the Celestial Globe (1515) 

Maps as Art  This whimsical map full of imaginary beasts and creatures is the oldest star map (or star chart) printed in Europe. It is based on the woodcuts by the great German painter Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) who lived at a time when cartography was considered both as a work of art and a navigational...

How Our Continent Drains

Robert Szucs is a digital cartographer turned artist who saw the potential to turn nature’s patterns into contemporary artwork. This ocean drainage map was a months-long project, that included “a ton of manual work,” including cleaning data, figuring out how to categorize millions of lines into a handful of ocean drainages, and then zooming in...

GoGeomatics Expo Puts Canada on the Geospatial Map

In the words of Will Cadell, “Geospatial is changing everything.”  That was not only one of the opening lines of a visionary talk by Cadell, founder and CEO of geospatial consultancy Sparkgeo, it seemed to capture the sentiment of exhibitors, speakers and attendees at GoGeomatics’ inaugural conference.  Held in Calgary, Alberta from Nov. 6 –...

Tracking the Paranormal

Mapping Your World  Ever wonder where Bigfoot hangs out? What about where most UFOs fly by? Explore both with this per capita UFO and Bigfoot sightings map. The map by Kate Berg, which is featured in the 2023 GeoHipster calendar, cross references sightings of both by county.  See what trends or patterns you glean from...

How Green Is Your City?

As tree-planting efforts take root in cities around the world, urban managers turn to geospatial tools to map and monitor their community’s canopy cover.  New Yorkers are fast walkers. But there are those who prefer to take it slow, like the group of well-trained volunteers who purposely roamed around the streets of the Big Apple,...

Teaching the Ethics of Geo

Maps have always been powerful means of communication, whether etched in cave walls, stone, wood, silver of centuries past, or, in the 20th Century, copper plates and, later, film. In our own century, maps are everywhere—on our phones, computers, fitness apps, and news media, communicating in a myriad of ways about changes over space and...