Thursday, May 7, 2009

This Map Give Me Vertigo

This "horizonless projection" of Manhattan is the coolest map ever but, as I mentioned, also makes my tummy feel a little funny (click to enlarge and get full, queasy effect). By way of explanation on the website Here and There, the creators (London design firm Schultz and Webb) say:

"Imagine a person standing at a street corner. The projection begins with a three-dimensional representation of the immediate environment. Close buildings are represented normally, and the viewer himself is shown in the third person, exactly where she stands.

As the model bends from sideways to top-down in a smooth join, more distant parts of the city are revealed in plan view. The projection connects the viewer's local environment to remote destinations normally out of sight."

I think we can all agree that this map is pretty nuts. Also I love their explanation of why they did this project in the first place, which is:

"Because the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it's how maps should work."


Via Gawker

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