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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Military Maps, Blend Modes for Cartography, and More

Today we so goodbye to yet another week and hello to another weekend. While we do so, let's recount the #DailyBrainCandiii articles we have shared through out this week. Dive into a lot of history, a little intrigue, and soar into the sky country with this week's #WeekliiiRoundUp!


In Flight


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a… Well, it is just a plane after all. We shared a fun article from the New York Times this week about airplanes and the science of flying. We as map makers, map readers, and geographic gurus are so used to studying the areas around us – preferably those regions where our own two feet have stood. It isn’t often we think about the mapping of other planes, the sky country. Every pun intended.


Bomb-Damage Maps Reveal London’s World War II Devastation


If you love history, maps, and devastation, this article is for you. Throughout Word War II, the German Luftwaffe dropped thousands of bombs on London. Throughout the span of six years, rescue groups combined with the London Country Council to record the extent of damage – as well as what caused it – onto 1916 Ordnance Survey maps. These maps, along with diary entries, have survived all this time to become a look into the challenges citizens faced in the past, the potential damages of a wartime error, and emergency response practices.


Carto Tips: Using Blend Modes and Opacity Levels


Article on using common graphic design principles like blend modes for cartography and map making in the Geographic Information System (GIS) field.

Let’s get visual. As you already know, creating a clear visual hierarchy within a map is incredibly important. Not only do you want to properly represent the features you have included in the map, but you also want to lead the reader into the most – and thereby, least – important features. Besides, it does not hurt if there is a certain aesthetic charm to your overall design. This article gives you tips on the best ways to employ transparency and blend modes (think Multiply, but without the math) to create such effects.


Secret Japanese Military Maps Could Open a New Window on Asia’s Past


It sometimes happens that our #DailyBrainCandiii posts follow a theme. Whether intended or not, my lips are sealed. This week seems to have been one of those instances, throwing in not just one – but two – posts on the mapping efforts made throughout the second World War. While the previous article speaks to using maps for emergency response, this article discusses the value of employing maps for intelligence. This intel? Stolen Japanese military maps scattered across the United States for safekeeping.


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