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The best maps are still to come, and youโ€™re going to make them.

My interactive maps and Github.

Need a quick way to dowload Overture Maps data? Try this tool I made.

The worldโ€™s best independent cartographers will sell you a map right now ๐ŸŽ.

Design files for my favorite maps, mostly public domain.

I write about maps here.

I interview other cartographers here ๐ŸŽค: 

Very Expensive Maps: a podcast by Evan Applegate

4x6-ft illuminated shaded relief of California12x18" map of the Tongass National Forest12x18" map of Los Angeles, CA

Certain of



  • Weightiest map: cadastral
  • Not good: for the first time in a long age of mapping, most maps are made by filtering instead of accretion, winnowing instead of illustrating.
  • "License was not freedom."

Do you know just who to ask?

  • Is Deep Hot Biosphere credible?
  • Whatโ€™s the difference between radiosity, radiance, irradiance, luminosity, radiant intensity?
  • Whyโ€™s โ€œporphyrin + coordinated metal ionโ€ so common across metabolisms?
  • B cell somatic hypermutation?
  • Major histocompatibility complex peptide presentation and recognition?
  • How do you get tertiary structures for intrinsically-disordered proteins?
  • โ€œUnidentified tubeโ€?
  • Which territory is missing from this map?
  • Synthetic aperture radar interferometry error correction?
  • What kinda archaea live in healthy horticultural soil?
  • A computer-jacquard the size of a barn door?
  • Largest-scale highest-res hand embroiderer?
  • Who fabricated Garden?



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