The World Class

More than just a way to get from A to B, maps can be funny, thought-provoking and informative works

More than just a way to get from A to B, maps can be funny, thought-provoking and informative works of art. With The World Class, students explore the weird and the wonderful through exciting visuals and discussion, along with hands-on activities that can include games, puzzles, creative projects and experiments.

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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps 30/01/2016

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

So true!

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs? 23/08/2015

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

Fascinating!

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs? People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.

Mobile uploads 15/06/2015

Now there's a box of happiness!

23 Books That Everyone with Wanderlust Should Read 03/06/2015

23 Books That Everyone with Wanderlust Should Read

Here's my summer reading list sorted out. Wanderlust, anyone?

23 Books That Everyone with Wanderlust Should Read (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Wanderlust is notoriously difficult to manage. Once you've tasted the adrenaline rush of travel, it can feel unbearable to sit at home, knowing that adventure is out

Uncommon Knowledge: Why is north up? 29/05/2015

Uncommon Knowledge: Why is north up?

A quick bit of history

Uncommon Knowledge: Why is north up? We pretty much take it for granted that, when we spread a map out on a table, the top of the paper is going to be north. But if you think about it, there’s no absolute reason that should be the case.

You can play PacMan inside Google Maps right now 01/04/2015

You can play PacMan inside Google Maps right now

You can play PacMan inside Google Maps right now Oh my gosh. It’s April Fools day soon, so Google is having some fun. You can now play Pac-Man in Google Maps. Just go to Google maps, open an area…

Maps Have Been Lying To You Your Entire Life 19/03/2015

Maps Have Been Lying To You Your Entire Life

Maps Have Been Lying To You Your Entire Life The truth is that every map tells a lie, but they don’t all lie about the same thing. For example, Mercator projection maps—one of the most common in use today—exaggerate regions far from the equator. The Goode homolosine projection (pictured below) shows continents that are sized appropriately to o…

Timeline photos 01/01/2015

Happy New Year to you all,

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues' 28/10/2014

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues'

I love this kind of map:

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues' An interactive map shows what languages—apart from English—are most spoken at each underground stop.

Dogs of the world, illustrated and grouped by geography 05/10/2014

Dogs of the world, illustrated and grouped by geography

As a dog person I had to re-post this:

Dogs of the world, illustrated and grouped by geography Los Angeles-based artist Lili Chin's "Dogs of the World" posters have been getting so much attention online in recent weeks, her Etsy shop is nearly sold out.

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