Interactive London Tube Map that Allow You to Hear the Sound of Each Station

We have previously created and shared a London Tube Maps about attractions along the underground, and today we found another interesting interactive sound map for listening various audio tracks of different London Underground stations.

The following Interactive Sound Map is a part of London Sound Survey, an online collection of field recordings, sound maps, early BBC radio actuality, and more that created by archivist Ian Rawes.

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Map users can hear the recording of a specific station by clicking the station name on the tube map, and the file details(e.g. the length of the clip, that date and time when it was recorded, the location, brief description) would be shown above the map while the recording playing.

It is amazing that a tube map can be created with sound, furthermore, more interactive features (e.g. video, mouseover boxes) can be added on the map by utilizing some image editors. If you are thinking to create a similar project like the above one, take action now and share it with us.

Create Your Personal City Maps

Which map are you using when you are travelling? A map insides a tour guide book? A city map from tourist information centre? Or simply use Google Maps? Have you ever had an experience that you got lost and had no idea about where should go even you are holding the map on hand? You may be confused by thousand information on the map that is not really useful for your trip. Now, you can customized your own city maps using Suggestme.

In the Suggestme website, you can create your personal city map by selecting your favorite places on the map according to different categories (e.g. attractions, nightlife, shopping, entertainment, with children). Suggestion data on the website comes from tweets, Facebook mentions, and foursquare checkins. If there are locations that not being suggested on the map, you can also add custom places on the map.

This website also provides many information about the locations that you can find brief introduction of the location, photos that taken by visitors, mentions by others on various social media, daily weather report, and even suggestions near the locations.

After selecting all your favorite locations, you can print the map as a waterproof folded paper map in full color, and take it out during your trip. Meanwhile, the map can also be downloaded as a PDF for free.

Currently there are 21 cites can be selected, includes Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, London, New York, Paris, Prague.

It is interesting that we can customize our own travelling maps that free of charge. But please also bear in mind that most of the suggestions form the website are about restaurants and clubs. If you are interested in attractions and country parks, you may have to add custom points.

Start creating your own map by clicking following map:

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Second Language in London

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It is common that hearing people chatting beside English in London, and here is a London map created for presenting the second language in London, and the distribution of it.

The following London map is created by Neal Hudson, who used the 2011 census recreate as data to create the map. You cam check out the 2nd dominant language in your community using the map. Mao Legend is provided for annotation.
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Map Reviews: 3/5 stars

For my first impression, this map is a bit complex because of the multicolored polygons and labels that I could not get the message from the first instance. Fortunately, the color opacity of the regions are not 100% as it would definitely mess up the map image. Since map legend has already created for indicating the colors, labels can be omitted to keep the map image clean and neat.

World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.

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Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.

 

By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

Circular Rail Maps for Sydney and Melbourne

A London designer, Maxwell Roberts, has prepared schematic maps for rail systems in Sydney and Melbourne based on the geometry of concentric circles.
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Maxwell Roberts is a London psychologist who has created a series of circular schematics of transit systems in various cities, including London, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Maxwell was surprised the amount of cities can be fitted to the design rules and the results are often spectacular from an aesthetic point of view.

We have introduced a London tube map with attractions before that we can find that tube / transit system maps can be used in various way with different designs. You may now utilizing your city’s transit system maps (e.g. metro maps, bus maps, train maps) to create your personalized maps for particular use.

Video Tutorial: Add Markers to Interactive Image Map

Few weeks before, we have shared an interactive London Tube Map to recommend spots for hanging around, and here we are going to demonstrate how to mimic similar maps using your own image. From the video, you can learn how to add pin with custom images, insert URLs, videos and images to the image and publish it.

Explore London Along Underground

It’s already the mid-July and do you have any plan for utilizing this summer? If you are not interested in outdoor activities and wanna escape from the hot summer, you can explore London along the Tube. We have picked out several hot spots (e.g. British Museum, London Eye, Tower of London) in London and created an interactive tube map that you can mouseover the pins for getting the details.