Shirt.woot is having their 300th derby, so I decided to visit the ol’ stomping grounds for the first time in nearly two years.
I’ve joined in on the lucrative world of random name generators. This’n spits outs things with a high-fantasy flair, basically modeled after the sorts of names you’d see for Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Give it a try for yourself: http://resources.maphugger.com/fantasy_namegen.html
A week ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with the crew at MapBox. If it’s one thing that the both of us are passionate about, it’s open culture (and, of course, its intersection with cartography). Almost needless to say, OpenStreetMap, an entirely user-driven and open licensed digital road atlas, is one of the most exciting projects in that realm. As a shout-out to all the fantastic things the OpenStreetMap community have accomplished, especially them recently hitting the 1 million editor mark, we devised this infographic-y illustration-y celebration of all things OpenStreetMap (with special thanks to Saman Bemel Benrud for creative direction).
If you’re not familiar with OSM, consider this an introductory primer on why they’re so great. If you’re already a dyed-in-the-wool OSM contributor, consider this our small way of saying “thanks, and keep up the awesome work”!
My first attempt at a typographic map. Don’t be content with the shrunken version up there: this thing is pretty dang sprawling: I’ve prepped a mind-boggling 12,500 pixel wide version you can enjoy exploring:
This map was produced by running all the various countries’ “History of _____” Wikipedia article through a word cloud, then writing out the most common word to fit into the country’s boundary. The result is thousands of years of human history oversimplified into 100-some words.
I’ve also prepared a reader’s companion to highlight a few of the more interesting findings. Read it here.
Made this a few weeks ago, but haven’t posted it to this blog yet! Enjoy.
A longform infographic exploring the ethical and political issues that have occurred when real-world wars get transformed into mass-market entertainment.
The culmination of way too much time spent researching and designing! However, it’s a story that deserves to be told. I hope you enjoy reading.
Speaking of Fangamer, their splendid crew recently launched a Kickstarter to restock some of the classic designs in the store. If you’ve ever wanted to see a reprint of any of my Fangamer shirts (Pandora’s Happy Box, Magi’s Tower and Dem’ Bones), get your butt over there! There are, of course, several dozen other mindblowing shirts you can (and should) get your mitts on.