Links For March 26, 2014

Bay Area Time Scale

This map of transit in the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t really a map at all. Instead of reflecting the geographic locations of the BART, Muni Metro, and Caltrain systems like a map would, this diagram spaces stations according to the time it takes to travel between them. Places that are farther away on the map will take longer to get to, and closer places are quicker trips.

On and Off the Street Grid: Relative Distributions of Road Orientations

Not all urban planners settled on such a simple layout for road networks. For some developers, topography or water may have gotten in the way. Others may not have appreciated the efficiency of the grid. This visualization assesses those road networks by comparing the relative degree to which they are gridded.

Strange Maps

Frank Jacobs loves maps, but finds most atlases too predictable. He collects and comments on all kinds of intriguing maps—real, fictional, and what-if ones—and has been writing the Strange Maps blog since 2006.


Please only submit maps of fictional realms. The map of middle earth is fictional, a map of Soviet Russia is not.