Monthly Archives: April 2017

Winners Announced – “Re-Imagine the Map of the World” Competition

We are very happy to announce, in association with the Center on Contemporary Art, the three winners of our World Map Design Competition. The challenge was to “Re-Imagine the Map of the World”.

1st place
Stephen Rock
Seattle, Washington
“World Map”
$500.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper
An invitation to sell their winning piece in 1-World’s online store

2nd place
Larry and Debby Kline
Escondido, California
“The Alchemist Afloat in the Gyre”
$250.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper

3rd place
Brita Ness
Seattle, Washington
“Subdivision”
$100.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper

We also would like to thank the many other artists who submitted inspiring pieces for the competition. With their permission, we will be exhibiting some of their works on our website in June. Stay tuned.

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NASA called

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created by Congress in 1958, purportedly to explore space and study aeronautics. Although part of its declared mission was to ensure that the space program would be conducted for peaceful purposes only, we now know that much of what NASA does is expressly military in nature. There have been many more manned and unmanned space missions than the ones the public has been told about. We can only guess at what they were designed to accomplish and whether they succeeded or failed.

But there is one mission that we know exactly what it was meant to do. The Kepler Space Observatory, named after German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler,  was launched on March 7, 2009 to look for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars.

And they’ve found lots of them. Over one thousand already.

Back here on Earth, we try to ignore all the telemarketers and spammers calling our shop during the day, but when NASA’s Ames Research Center calls, we answer the phone. They’ve called before, as have the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the White Sands Missile Range, and the U.S. Air Force on several occasions. They’re always looking for new maps and globes and we’ve got what they need at worldmapsonline.com and 1worldglobes.com.

This time, NASA needed us to create giant, custom inflatable globes of some of Kepler’s latest discoveries. They sent us the digital artwork they had created and we had it fashioned into a new family of globes – all thanks to the Kepler Observatory that’s still flying today in an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit through space.

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Earth Day 2017

What a day it was in 1970 when twenty-million of us took to the streets. Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson had had enough after seeing first-hand the devastating effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He was determined to do something about it. And he saw an opportunity, having witnessed the power of the civil rights and anti-war protests that had been raging, and slowly winning, for years. If he could co-opt the movement and turn its strength and resources towards saving our environment, then that was what he was going to do. And like that, the modern environmental movement was born.

We’ve come a long way. We remember the 1960s, when falling into almost any river or lake near a populated area could land you in the hospital. Every city in the country had its own special concoction of prophylactics if you fell in. Boston had the dreaded “Charles River Shot” that came at you in the form of a six-inch long needle. Spending a day in L.A. used to cause wheezing, sore throats, and red, burning eyes. You couldn’t even see the downtown from the hills surrounding the city, there was so much smog in the air. Sulfur-laced clouds filled the skies and acid rain poured down on us all, corroding everything it touched.

No more. As a result of all the hard work and persistence, people can fall in the Charles River today and not worry. California’s initiatives to force car companies to install pollution controls in their cars and remove lead from gasoline have gone a long way towards cleaning up our environment. And despite the relentless resistance from industry and short-sighted politicians that continues to this day, we can breathe again (almost).

There’s no turning back now. And you can help. The fiftieth anniversary Earth Day plans are already underway for 2020. Learn how you fit into the big picture here. And please take a moment on Saturday to tell your children the story of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

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Projecting Our Dreams

If there were ever an apt analogy for the human habit of perceiving the world as we wish rather than as it is, it can be found in the mystery of cartographic map projections.

Things are not as they seem. The Earth, its neighboring planets, and our sun are careening through space at thousands of miles per hour in a spiraling race towards the end of time.

Back here on solid ground, we see that which immediately surrounds us and we leave the rest to mysterious scientists, presumably buried under a mountain somewhere analyzing satellite imagery and generating the maps we trust. Continue reading

Last Minute Delivery Saves the Day

A day barely goes by when we don’t receive a request for a custom map mural. It’s a great way for a business to make a bold statement in their board room or reception area. Companies will often request that we include their logo and perhaps all their satellite branches, franchises, development projects, mining operations, etc. We can even put a big red dot right on the family home.

We print the large murals in separate panels that are then bundled up and shipped off. To do that, we lay the map out in a computer program and slice up the image in the most efficient way to print on our machines with the least amount of waste.

Above is the print layout of a custom map mural we made for a company in Bellevue, Washington. They provide internet, cloud, and communication services. The map was for their lunch room and needed to be finished in time for an important guest.

This is a story about making a mistake and then making it right.
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Why Cars Crash Into Us

Our office and warehouse are located on a hill in a mixed residential-commercial part of town in between Seattle’s International and Central Districts. It’s not a steep hill. The traffic is not particularly busy and the street itself is wide and accommodates one lane each for cars and bikes in either direction with parked cars along both sides.


Then and now. During and after the regrade of Jackson Street, Seattle.

But, there’s something wrong. We must admit that it’s a mystery that we’ve just learned to expect and accept without explanation. Cars keep crashing into our building. Continue reading