Give me a good infographic and I’m a happy girl. Put that same information on a map and I get downright giddy. Here are five maps that I love. Most are links because I don’t want to get in trouble, but they are all click-worthy.
- I cannot find the original maps created by Joshua Katz as part of his dissertation research, but this summary on Business Insider has some of my favorite linguistic maps that prove Americans really don’t speak the same language. Come for crustaceans, stay for the crayons.
- Ever wonder what some of those languages you hear on the street are? Slate put together a series of maps based on census data. Maps like these are a great way to layer flavor into a contemporary setting. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/05/language_map_what_s_the_most_popular_language_in_your_state.html
- Writing and need to make sure your character’s drink of choice is mainstream or freakishly weird? The good folks at finedininglovers.com can help. https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/food-drinks/infographic-united-states-of-alcohol/
- Not sure what holiday toy to buy for that great-niece in another state? Last winter this helpful map made the rounds based on google searches by state. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year brings. I will add to the Lego totals for Minnesota.
- This last one may be the most awesome interactive map I’ve come across. ZatoNovo published a map by Brian Rowe that lets you enter a name and watch how the name changed in popularity over the last 120 years. For fun, try female names like Jennifer, Cora, and Hermione. Maybe I’m easily amused, but this combines my loves of names, history and geography in one swell place. http://zatonovo.com/dataviz/baby_names