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Comic Book Cartography

Comic Book Cartography is a now-dormant blog devoted to maps, charts, diagrams, and other visual explainers of (mostly) fictional worlds found (mostly) in old comic books.

Design · Digital Media · Science · Technology

Paperscape: A map of 871,888 scientific papers from the arXiv until today

A chart of 870,000 scientific studies so far. Paperscape shows each scientific paper as a circle, with the size of each determined by how many others cite it. Users can toggle the heat map, which colors each study according to its age. ArXiv began in 1991. A cluster around the topic dark energy shows that it spans multiple fields, including quantum cosmology, quantum physics, and condensed matter.

The study of the universe is a universe itself. An infographic designed by two physicists maps the hundreds of thousands of studies in arXiv, an open repository for physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, finance, and statistics papers that is maintained by Cornell University. The category of a paper’s research determines the color of its circle, and the more cited the paper is, the bigger its circle. Each marker is placed according to the number of references it takes to get from it to each other paper. Accordingly, papers are clustered around topics, such as extrasolar planets, dwarf stars, and superconductivity. Some multicolored clusters show where disciplines intersect around topics like neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, and networks. Toggle the heat map to color each study according to its age to see which topics are getting the most attention. To learn more about how the infographic works, see its blog.

Blog-Sites · Projects · Public Space

Playgrounds For Everyone: A community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds

Why Accessible Playgrounds?

Because kids in wheelchairs can’t play on playgrounds covered with wood chips. And children with muscular disabilities can fall out of swings that lack sides and backs. Or a child with vision or hearing problems can benefit from equipment specially designed for play alongside friends, siblings or any other child.

New federal requirements define playground accessibility as a civil right. And under those rules, playgrounds built or altered after March 14, 2012, are required to have wheelchair-friendly surfaces and equipment that helps kids with physical challenges move around.

You can Help HERE

Architectonic · Digital Media · Public Space · Social/Politics · Technology

Rent is Too Damn High

Heat maps of apartment rental prices. In June 2011 Jeff Kaufman made a map of Boston-area apartment prices. He says: I’ve made an updated version: $/room, $/bedroom. As before the data comes from the (awesome) site padmapper, which means it’s pretty close to all Boston-area apartments currently on the market.

San Francisco


Architectonic · Human-ities · Projects · Social/Politics · Sonic/Musical

The Musical Geography of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

This project maps the spaces where music was played or sung in Auschwitz- Main Camp and Auschwitz- Birkenau. You can explore these interactive maps and listen to clips of the songs which were heard there.

Music is not typically associated with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, but, as these maps display, there was a vibrant musical culture in the camps throughout the war. The music of Auschwitz ranged from institutionally sanctioned performances, like the concerts performed by the 80-member prisoner orchestra in the main camp, to secret resistance music that was hummed or whistled, like Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Thoughts Are Free). In between lie pieces like Alexander’s Ragtime Band, which was officially prohibited but performed at the request of SS officers in need of relaxation. Or Wiazanka z Effektenkammer (Medley from the Effects Depot), a subtly subversive set of songs written by a prisoner and performed as a cabaret in the barracks in the last months of the war. On a methodological level, several issues were unavoidable and ought to be mentioned. First of all, this is a small selection of the thousands of songs which were heard in Auschwitz, and while the selection we chose is hopefully representational of larger patterns, it is not a complete picture. The quality of the music is also not an accurate representation- most of it is far too polished. To ameliorate this, we used unprofessional recordings when available and tried to find arrangements with approximately the same instrumentation as the memoirs and testimony describe.

Written and Coded by Melissa Kagen and Jacob Melrose. See it HERE

Design · Digital Media · Film/Video/New Media · Games/Play · Performativity · Technology

8-bit Google Maps

Google Maps is now available for 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES). Availability in Google Store is TBD but you can try it on your browser by going to and clicking “Quest” in the upper right hand corner of the map.


Pins and Maps by Jenny Brial

Pin and map works by Paris-based artist Jenny Brial.