What we do is not about the software we have on our computers. It's about communicating information and the opportunity to turn data into knowledge. By itself, software solves everyone's problems the same way. We know your data and your ideas are unique to the audience you're trying to target. Everything we build is custom. Each client and each map offer new possibilities.
We worked with the Boston region's Metropolitan Area Planning Council to design a set of Massachusetts basemap tiles for use in their various web maps. The multiscale map is designed to be distinctive yet neutral, providing reference information but not distracting from data overlays. It was designed in TileMill using state GIS data, and the styles and tiles are freely available from the MAPC.
This interactive map is the fourth partnership between Adam Matthew Digital and Axis Maps LLC. Users can explore locations important to the lives and works of romantics, artists, and writers who visited and lived in the Lake District--the mountainous region in North West England that inspired their creativity. Locations are organized thematically into five separate guided tours. A custom-made media browser linked to each location contains an image viewer and audio player for examining original documents and listening to excerpts from the literature.
We designed and built this chronology of Chinese history (1637-1937) as part of an Adam Matthew Digital project covering the Wason Pamphlet Collection at Cornell University. Users can scroll down the chronology or use the interactive histogram-timeline at the top of the page to jump to a particular year of interest. The chronology can also be filtered down by a range of possible themes (e.g., arts and culture) and is fully text searchable.
This project with Adam Matthew Digital includes fourteen animated maps of the key fronts, battles and campaigns of World War I. Three additional interactive maps invite users to explore the war in terms of its global context (e.g., effects of the war on national boundaries). The maps have been arranged along a master timeline that provides temporal context as well as serving as a central navigational element. A selection of primary source documents is available for viewing alongside the maps using a built in image viewer.
This is the tablet version of our Why Not the Best desktop map. Like on the desktop, this web map allows users to explore nationwide indicators of health care at the state, county, or HRR level. On the iPad, however, the focus was weighted more heavily on simplicity and ease of use. A set of core features allow users to select health indicators, tap counties and HRRs to obtain unit-specific reports, and choose the number of data classes and color scheme of the map display. We drew on the jQuery Mobile framework for a polished, iPad-app look and feel.
This interactive chronology was a collaborative project with Adam Matthew Digital. It features significant events in music, politics, fashion and youth culture in Britain and America between 1950-1975. Users can browse articles and images over time using an interactive timeline, as well as filter entries by particular themes and artist names. A linked bubble visualization shows the number of events in the chronology broken down by theme (i.e., bubbles) across the time period.
As part of the New York Times' special report on the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, we built this map of user-generated data that displays more than 40,000 interactive points indicating where people were on that day. Visitors to the map drop a pin to add their own location and short comment. All users' locations are shown as dots colored according to their specified mood after reflection on the past decade, and filtering and search controls allow for more specific views. Built-in links to post on Twitter and Facebook facilitate sharing users' stories with others.
To help evaluate the effectiveness of their programs, the Duke University Children's Environmental Health Initiative contacted us to build a visualization system that lets them compare health, demographic and program data. The dual, linked choropleth maps display separate variables that can be manipulated using the adjoining histogram and pie charts. The system is fully extensible so CEHI's GIS staff can continue to add and update their own data as it becomes available.
This map, in partnership with Adam Matthew Group, explores both the place and space of Victorian London through historic data and primary source documents. Users can view historic basemaps in a modern context, examine London's changing urban population, and explore historic images of the city. Finally, a historic street view feature lets users look around the streets of Victorian London.
This map was produced for Open Skies Magazine, the in-flight magazine of Emirates Airlines. Unlike traditional flight maps, this map uses a Dymaxion projection for a unique perspective on the globe and groups flight lines together for a clearer view of fligh paths.
In conjunction with The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Imagining the Border project, this map was developed to allow users to explore different Israeli / Palestinian land swap proposals. Complicated linework is loaded dynamically via KML and users can customize the display by adjusting the transparency of each option. Extensive settlement / community data is searchable by name to locate individual settlements in a large dataset.
As a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health and IPRO, this map makes information about the quality of health in communities available to the public, highlighting socioeconomic disparities that may exist. When combined with our indiemapper platform as well as linked graphs and charts, the clinical data in the map can be used to examine the health needs of a community, county or region for better policy and planning.
This map was built as a part of the Jewish Life in America Project by Adam Matthew Group. Users can explore multiple aspects of the changing Jewish population over time throughout the United States and the world. The map also includes a custom tileset generated using Mapnik based on Natural Earth data.
Working with Vandewalle & Associates, we built an interactive town map as part of the Dekorra Economic Development Opportunities Improvement Initiative. This map, built with the open-source OpenLayers library, combines Google base maps with the town's parcel data to allow users to explore the 3 economic focus zones in the town of Dekorra. The map allows users to search and filter properties based on characteristics such as parcel size and cost and retrieve detailed information and photos for each parcel on-the-fly.
These unique maps of Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type. Only by manually weaving together thousands upon thousands of carefully placed words does the full picture of the city emerge. Prints are available through our online store.
This Google Maps mashup was built for Death's Door Spirits to help visitors to their website find locations to purchase their spirits. It uses a Google Map style unique to Death's Door, based on their bottle design. Users can dynamically search by location and location type and get directions to their closest craft spirits distributor.
Popular Mechanics contacted Axis Maps to produce a map to be featured in their 4-page spread for their article titled: "Fixing the U.S. Border Fence" in their August, 2010 issue. This map shows the location and condition of the U.S. / Mexico border fence and was designed around the page-layout and graphic style of both the article and issue.
The Cartographic and Geographic Information Society hired us to completely revamp their graphic identity and online presence. We worked with them to craft their message and turn that into a standards compliant website. We also migrated their existing Excel database online and built tools to help their members to automatically pay for and manage their accounts online and CaGIS administrators to manage their growing database. View the website.
This map was produced for Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, to allow their graphic designers to quickly add thematic information to an attractive basemap. We used the Fuller projection, placing Finland at the center of the map.
The University of Wisconsin Arboretum map was built with the central focus of engaging users who use the arboretum for everything from research to recreation. Users can add their own content to the map by uploading photos to Flickr or recording their experiences in Google My Maps. Researchers and arboretum staff can add their own research to the map through data managed and maintained by the arboretum staff through a flexible interface designed by Axis Maps that allows for a wide range of styling and even map animation.
Developed for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant program, this dashboard utilizes advanced temporal charting and WMS map overlays to visualize hydrology in the Fox/Wolf watersheds of Wisconsin. The charting component is available for use as an AS3 class and is distributed open-source.
Credits: David Hart, Zach Johnson, Andy Woodruff
This map, made for UK jewelry designer Nick Hubbard, is a Google Maps mash-up with a black and white graphics filter from our recent Flash work. This map exemplifies how mash-ups can still support the branding of an individual client.
To visualize the results of the 2008 election, we created an alternative to cartogram that represents population distribution without distorting geography. We started with a simple red / blue map showing which candidate won each county and adjusted the opacity based on population. Read more about it here
This 8.5 x 11-inch reference map for Best Western Inn on the Park and University Inn shows hotel locations and points of interest in downtown Madison, WI. The map was printed in grayscale, plus three spot colors that complement the graphic identity of the client. Watch it being designed here.
Axis Maps and FortiusOne have jointly developed Maker!, an online mapping service that allows anyone to quickly and seamlessly search, find, and map just about any topic they can think of, using either their own data or any of the tens of thousands of free datasets available through the GeoCommons community. This platform empowers people to make great looking, data-rich maps in a matter of minutes.
Axis Maps partnered with ImageAction to produce a full-featured tracking application for the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race. This map allows users to instantly view results, conditions, and boat information both live and played back from previous races.
This map is an epidemiological visualization showing asthma exacerbations and was a joint project with the UW Department of Population Health Sciences. The data shown by the map is collected by GPS-enabled asthma inhalers and is placed on the map in real time to help epidemiologists and other health professionals better understand asthma.
Credits: Zach Johnson, Eve McGlynn, Rob Roth, David Van Sickle, Jeremy White, Andy Woodruff
This map, made entirely of type, was a small flier to announce a party thrown in Boston by the UW Geography Department. The map shows the party and hotel locations, streets, walking routes, and subway stops and lines using nothing but varying typography.
Credits: Andy Woodruff
This website and interactive map is the result of collaboration with a team of about 50 UW faculty, staff, and friends of the UW Lakeshore Preserve. The map combines nearly 200 years of environmental and social data into an attractive, full-featured map.
Credits: Bill Cronon, Todd Dresser, Mark Harrower, Melanie McCalmont, Joel Przybylowski, Rob Roth, Andy Woodruff
Exploring typographic alternatives beyond system defaults and identifying specific typographic properties that contribute to a desired map "look" can be slow, confusing, and at times overwhelming. TypeBrewer encourages broadened thinking about map typography and offers specific practical guidance for achieving a particular map "look".
Credits: Ben Sheesley
Axis Maps produced over 100 maps in 10 days for a travel brochure for Etihad Airways. The production run included both the research and creation of all data used in the maps, highlighting vacation destinations across the globe.
Building on the success of the new print campus map, this is the University of Wisconsin's interactive, searchable, zoomable, data-driven campus map. This map embodies much of our philosophy about what a good online mapping experience should be.
Credits: Aaron Erkenswick, Mark Harrower, Eve McGlynn, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Nick Weaver, Andy Woodruff
Axis Maps updated and upgraded an atlas of horse trails in Wisconsin. This production run of 100 map pages, including detail maps and regional location maps, required significant photogrammetric and archival research.
Axis Maps updated the Chicago Marathon interactive map for the 2008 race. New features include a photo browser, an estimated pace feature to help spectators meet up with runners, and an updated interface.
BallotBank is a prototype of a guided, map-based, visualization system that uses the best tools visualization has to offer (linked graphs, user-generated classification, temporal readjustment, bivariate mapping) to help users explore Federal Election Commission campaign-contribution data.
Credits: David Heyman
This map is a multi-media tool for exploring downtown Cincinnati, combining 60 point-of-view videos with a fully interactive map. This map not only gives users a way to visualize driving through the city, but also documents a period in history for a fast-changing urban environment.
Credits: Andy Woodruff
The re-design of the UW Campus Visitor Map combines information from 10 separate data sources using cartographic design techniques to create a useful and aesthetically pleasing product. The first annual run of 100,000 copies was printed at 20" x 28".
Credits: H. Francisco, M. Harrower, D. Heyman, D. Huffman, E. McGlynn, P. Montesano, J. Przybylowski, B. Sheesley, A. Woodruff
This map tells the story of an abandoned attempt by the city of Cincinnati to build a rapid transit system in the 1920s. It portrays 90 years of history in a single, static map by overlaying four "layers" on an oblique map of the city street network from the period.
Credits: Andy Woodruff
A prototype map that gives participants, spectators, and organizers of the American Birkebeiner a chance to explore and analyze the ski race from start to finish. Special features include map animation for viewing an interval or mass-start race and interactive filtering and benchmarking tools for comparing racer positions over time.
Credits: Ben Sheesley, Jeff Stone
The story of a historic flood, told across several map scales and visual perspectives on a single 8.5 x 11 inch page. The Dells Map was an independent project combining modern geographic data (e.g., topography) with evidence collected by geomorphologists (e.g., prehistoric lake levels and drainage).
Credits: Ben Sheesley