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National Geographic’s maps are 100 years old

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 04, 2015

National Geographic’s cartographic department celebrates its 100th birthday today. Here’s a look back at their work and some of NG’s most memorable maps.

National Geographic Map

National Geographic Map

Our family subscribed to National Geographic for awhile when I was a kid. The maps and photos contained within brought this country bumpkin in closer contact with the world at large than even the TV news (which was admittedly all of 13-inches and in B&W to boot).

We Work Remotely

National Geographic’s new photo Tumblr

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 11, 2013

National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr site that features the less-celebrated-but-still-awesome parts of its vast photographic archive. I want this car:

Nat Geo Car

(via the verge)

National Geographic 2010 photography contest

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 24, 2010

The Big Picture has a selection of photos from this year’s National Geographic photography contest. It was difficult to pick a favorite, but I’ll go with this one:

Single tree

The timeless design of National Geographic

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 19, 2010

A look at how little the essential design of National Geographic magazine has changed since its introduction in 1888.

National Geographic’s front cover is a great example of how well simple branding can be tied to a product or message. In this case, the slightly warm yellow has become a symbol of wonderful photography, intriguing articles and serves as a doorway into places worlds away.

I have fond memories of Fleer’s otherwise forgettable 1991 set of baseball cards because of the yellow border…probably NatGeo spill-over.