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100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 – part 1…

It's time to present the most interesting interactive maps that came to our attention in 2015

December 9, 2015

Welcome to the first part of this post with 100 interactive maps that stood out in 2015, among the hundreds we featured every week on our Digital Cartography column. So, this means that this should not be considered as a “best maps of the year″ post, since we are not taking in consideration the ones that we didn’t feature on Visualoop – although we’re sure that most of the ones gathered in this compilation definitively deserve that title.

This was a year in which maps continued to be among the favorite – or at least, among the most used – visualizations used by news portals and online publishers in general. Major events happening at a worldwide scale, from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, to historical elections in several countries, and maps were a crucial part of the journalistic effort to clarify and inform what was really taking place.

The popularity of maps can also be viewed in the number of independent projects by companies and designers that we brought together in this selection. These projects take full advantage of the tools – new and improved ones – and techniques for storytelling with maps, to create impressive visualizations around topics such as the environment, politics, economics, transport, health and sports, just to name a few.

Overall, it was another exciting year for visualization, and interactive map-making in particular. Hope you’ll appreciate these first 50 picks as much as we did – specially because it was really hard to select them among so many great examples.

The Dawn Wall | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The Dawn Wall
(image: The New York Times)

Mapping America’s Future | Urban Institute

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Mapping America's Future
(image: Urban Institute)

Global View: Climate Change in Perspective | Bloomberg

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Global View: Climate Change in Perspective
(image: Bloomberg Visual Data)

Fortress Europe | Sverige Radio

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Fortress Europe
(image: Sverige Radio)

Mapping the Most Common Races | Flowing Data

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Mapping the Most Common Races
(image: Flowing Data)

Nazi death camps | CNN

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Nazi death camps
(image: CNN)

World Sex Map | Quartz

Partial screen capture of the interactive map SWorld Sex Map
(image: Quartz)

Why Measles May Just Be Getting Started | Bloomberg Visual Data

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Why Measles May Just Be Getting Started
(image: Bloomberg Visual Data)

Religions of our representatives | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Religions of our representatives
(image: The Washington Post)

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate
(image: The New York Times)

A tale of many cities | MIT Senseable Lab

Partial screen capture of the interactive map A tale of many cities
(image: MIT Senseable Lab)

Swiss Leaks Data Explorer | ICIJ

Partial screen capture of the Interactive map Swiss Leaks Data Explorer
(image: ICIJ)

Map of Milky Way | NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab /Planck Institute

Partial screen capture of the Interactive map Map of Milky Way
(image: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab /Planck Institute)

Baidu Migration map | Baidu

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Baidu Migration map
(image: Baidu)

Capital Bikeshare | Mapbox

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Capital Bikeshare
(image: Mapbox)

The first ten years of OpenStreetMap | Mapbox

10 years of OpenStreetMap

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SF Tweet Data | Nick Shelton

Partial screen capture of the interactive map SF Tweet Data
(image: Nick Shelton)

Airbnb activities around the world | Airbnb

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Airbnb activities around the world
(image: Airbnb)

GeoMood | Sebastian Gräf

Partial screen capture of the interactive map GeoMood
(image: Sebastian Gräf)

Energy Explorer | Metro Vancouver

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Energy Explorer
(image: Metro Vancouver)

Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest? | FiveThirtyEight

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest?
(image: FiveThirtyEight)

Carsharing in Berlin | Tagesspigel

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Carsharing in Berlin
(image: Tagesspigel)

The food capitals of Instagram | Cewe Photoworld

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The food capitals of Instagram
(image: Cewe Photoworld)

Fans on the Move | Ticketbiz

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Fans on the Move
(image: Ticketbiz)

Socio-Economic Tectonics | Kenneth Field

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Socio-Economic Tectonics
(image: Kenneth Field)

The Agas Map of early modern London | University of Victoria

The Agas Map of early modern London
(image: University of Victoria)

Game of Thrones: The Kingsroadmap – An interactive journey through seasons 1-5 | Direct TV

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map Game of Thrones The Kingsroadmap
(image: Direct TV)

The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares
(image: The Upshot)

Living Wage Map | Esri

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Living Wage Map
(image: Esri)

Mars explorer | MapBox

Partial screen capture of the interactive Mars explorer
(image: MapBox)

NYC Street Trees | Jill Hubley

Partial screen capture of interactive map NYC Street Trees
(image: Jill Hubley)

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Divvy Trips | Divvy

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Divvy Trips
(image: Divvy)

Colombia Refugiada | El Tiempo

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Colombia Refugiada
(image: El Tiempo)

Taking Back Detroit | National Geographic

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Taking Back Detroit
(image: National Geographic)

Rising Rents in Boston | Ungentry

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Rising Rents in Boston
(image: Ungentry)

American Odeyssey Google Map | NBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive map American Odyssey Google Map
(image: NBC)

Lucky Lunch Map | Lucky Lunch

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Lucky Lunch Map
(image:Lucky Lunch)

Election 2015: Where to vote tactically to get the prime minister you want | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Election 2015: Where to vote tactically to get the prime minister you want
(image: The Guardian)

Well Storied | Land Rover

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Well Storied
(image: Land Rover)

Amsterdam Growing Over Time | City of Amsterdam

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Amsterdam Growing Over Time
(image: City of Amsterdam)

UK 2015 general election results in full | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive map UK 2015 general election results in full
(image: The Guardian)

Native-land.ca | Victor Gerard Temprano

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Native-land.ca
(image: Victor Gerard Temprano)

Homicide Monitor | Igarape Institute

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Homicide Monitor
(image: Igarape Institute)

Mobility: engine of our regional economy | CMAP

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Mobility: engine of our regional economy
(image: CMAP)

Spain in numbers | El Español

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map Spain in numbers
(image: El Español)

LA Building Age | cityHUB Los Angeles

Partial screen capture of the interactive map LA Building Age
(image: cityHUB Los Angeles)

Chasing the Matterhorn | Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Chasing the Matterhorn
(image: Neue Zurcher Zeitung)

Killing the Colorado (maps) | Propublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Killig the Colorado maps
(image: Propublica)

The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake & Fire | Chris Ingram

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake & Fire
(image: Chris Ingram)

Visualizing The Racial Divide | Jim Vallandingham

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Visualizing The Racial Divide
(image: Jim Vallandingham)

 

That’s it for the first part of our selection of outstanding interactive maps of 2015. Don’t miss next week’s follow-up, as well as the other similar round ups we’ll be publishing in the next few days. And if that isn’t enough, feel free to browse through thousands of interactive maps on Pinterest.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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