Category Archives: Illustrated Map

China Hitting Apple Over Map App

Geopolitics affects all sorts of businesses; even a Cartography illustrator can find themselves watching sociopolitics to make sure they don’t get caught in something.

Well, they might not be traditional cartographers, but Apple’s certainly taking heat over a map, well, a map app, as the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, called foul towards Apple Inc. due to allowing an app on their store that tracks the movement of the Hong Kong Police Force, which is being used by protestors and demonstrators.

The newspaper didn’t name the specific app, but called out Apple Inc. for what it saw as complicity in aiding the protestors and questioned Apple’s operations, saying that the US tech giant wasn’t thinking properly; not considering what they were doing.

One map available on the Apple app store is the, which has become the talk of Twitter for talk, both criticizing it and support it, and the protests. The developer of the app didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments on the matter, but Apple, in a recent tweet, stated that they had a lot of business considerations to make, but they would make things right.

Apple is only the latest company to take heat in regards to the democratic protests happening in Hong Kong, which has been going on since June 2019. While no Cartography illustrator business has taken heat, major companies like the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Vans, the sports brand, have been caught in the storm of controversy regarding the protests.

The piece that was published on the People’s Daily stated that Apple didn’t have a sense of morality and was ignoring the truth. It also said that making the app available on the Apple app store during such a time was enabling violent protestors in the country.

The paper even went so far as to say that letting the map app, and such ‘poisonous software’ on the Apple app store was a betrayal of the Chinese people.

As for the tech giant, it has received several requests to make comments on the matter, but has refused to state anything.


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How Real Estate Professionals Choose Their Own Homes

One of the invaluable tools that real estate professionals can use for marketing is map art that can be shared with clients. The uniquely illustrated map will provide the client with a perspective of the property in a fun way. It is common for illustrated maps to include the surrounding neighborhood, parks, schools and landmarks.

It is not uncommon for real estate agents to help their clients in determining the best neighborhoods to invest in. Real estate professionals have valuable knowledge about local amenities and hotspots that will help in closing a deal for a dream home.

Some of the most valuable advice from real estate agents in New York City, South Florida and Los Angeles includes the kind of neighborhoods that will make a client appreciate his investment. According to Martin Eiden of Compass, he chose to live in Outer Bushwick on the border of Ridgewood, Queens because it was a real neighborhood.

People play dominoes on the sidewalks and families enjoy picnics at the parks during weekends. The neighborhood is a mix of different races, religions and social orientations. According to Eiden, Irving Square Park helped him decide. The park is about half the size of Washington Square Park and is well maintained.

James Rozanski, director of marketing at REAL, New York chose to move to Kips Bay in Manhattan because it was 5 minutes walking distance from his old office. Because it was right in the middle of every area in Manhattan, he can easily walk everywhere. There is a local restaurant that serves the best fried chicken sandwich and sushi.

The neighborhood is growing, changing and appreciating in value because of the migration of well known brands into the retail spaces. Target opened on Second Avenue and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream opened a block away. Neighborhoods that have easy access to quality stores usually grow in value.

When a real estate agent uses map art to show properties, his clients gain a richer interactive experience. Aerial imagery highlights buildings, landmarks, nearby parks or even the city skyline to help a client decide. Each illustrated aerial view includes images that are relevant to the message that will be delivered.

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The Benefits Of Using Interactive Maps For Real Estate Agents

Did you know that the North America Skyline Illustration is an interactive map? Over the last few years, mapping technology has come a long way to provide people with a different experience when they buy a property. For real estate agents, the interactive map can be used as a creative storytelling tool that will connect with people from all over the world.

The real estate industry heavily relies on in-person interaction between the buyer of a property and the property itself to be able to close a sale. This process is really slow because the participants have to align their schedules or travel great distances to view a property. Property buyers have to see the property before they make a purchasing decision. However, with the development of interactive maps, the process of buying and selling properties has drastically changed.

Interactive maps have gained popularity ever since Google Maps was introduced to the public. Compared to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that can manipulate the view of a property by rearranging furniture or allowing a virtual walk through the property, interactive maps are more user-friendly.

Interactive maps can enhance the buying experience because they will get a sense of where the property is located relative to each other, how the roads and terrain look, and whether the location satisfactorily meets the requirements. Out of town buyers who have historically been at a disadvantage in the sales process are now on even footing with local buyers.

Out of town buyers need no longer travel far to view the property and understand the lay of the land in the area of interest. More meaningful relationships are created between the real estate agent and potential property buyer by adding high value content to the interactive map. Information can be accessed by a buyer by simply placing the mouse over a hotspot.

Map illustration is unlike regular maps that are used as navigation tools. For example, the North America Skyline Illustration has buildings that have been designed with artistry and creativity. Because the map illustration is also an interactive map, a hot spot will show a photo and text when you hover the mouse over it.

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Original 1926 Illustrated Map Of Hundred-Acre Woods Sold In London City

The original illustrated map of Winnie-the-Pooh created in 1926 was auctioned at a record-breaking price of £430,000 in London City.


Hundred-Acre Woods

The hand-drawn map by E.H. Shephard was sold at Sotheby’s in London City features famous characters such as Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh himself, as well as popular landmarks like Eeyore’s Gloomy Place and Bee Tree.


Shephard’sillustrations helped popularized the book by English author A.A. Mine.


It Started With A Book

A.A. Mines first published Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, a collection of short stories about the anthropomorphicteddy bear also known as Pooh Bear. The House at Pooh Corner then followed it in 1928. In 1924, the author released a poem about Winnie-the-Pooh in the children’s book called When We Were Young, and more works in Now We Are Six in 1927. The same person who made the record breaking  London City illustrated map—E.H. Shephard, created all the illustrations.



Winnie-the-Pooh was inspired by the author’s son’s teddy bear. The son himself, Christopher Robin Mine, was the inspiration for Christopher Robin. The other well-loved characters such as Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Piglet were based on his toys as well.


The name Winnie came from the Canadian black bear that they used to see at the London Zoo. Winnie was named as such after Lieutenant Harry Colebourn adopted him. He was named after the man’s hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pooh was the name of the swan that they met when they were on a holiday.


The Bear In The Red Shirt

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends first appeared in color in 1932 thanks to Stephen Slesinger. He bought the television, merchandising, recording, and trade rights to Winnie-the-Pooh two years prior for $1000 in advance and 66% of his income. In 1940, Agnes Bush made the first plush Winnie-the-Pooh toy featuring his red shirt.


Worldwide Popularity

Due to its popularity, the books and its characters were widely accepted throughout the world and have been translated into many different languages. One notable translation was Winnie ille Pu by Alexander Lenard in 1958. Two years later, it became the only Latin book that was featured on The New York Times Best Seller.


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