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Capitol Hill Mandala, draft #2
|| 4/30/2007 || 9:16 am || Comments Off on Capitol Hill Mandala, draft #2 || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 9,000 :

Read more about this commission & the first draft here. The client wanted more of their house and I hope this version will suffice!

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1,423 maps now greet visitors
|| 4/27/2007 || 8:31 am || Comments Off on 1,423 maps now greet visitors || ||

Using the same php script that I have been using for the lost series, this morning I changed up the intro page on my website. The php script was placed in the folder that contains every single map, detail, and zoom-in on my website (as well as some random maps I forgot that I had placed in the folder!), so each time a visitor comes to my website’s splash page they are greeted randomly by one of 1,423 (and counting) images.

See for yourself: http://nikolasschiller.com (hit reload to switch it up!)

I’ve changed it up because I found a lot of people visited the old splash page, but never clicked on the image to enter the website. This modification poses a question to the viewer “You’ve found my website, but can you find the image below?” which is a friendly way of saying, “Look around!”

Continuing on the observations I made before, one thing I have noticed is that people very rarely explore my website. They check the front page, but thats about it. Maybe this new intro page might foster some more exploration.



University of Southern California Quilt #2
|| || 7:43 am || Comments Off on University of Southern California Quilt #2 || ||

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University of Southern California Quilt no.2 by Nikolas Schiller

Read my brief comments about USC in my previous entry.

Of note, is that after posting the last map I looked at the number of maps I’ve made of Los Angeles and realized that I have enough for a 2008 Calendar! I will definitely put one together in time for this Christmas season. And after even further review, I actually have enough maps for a series of different calendars- DC, California, Texas, various universities, and fractals. :-)

View the Google Map of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

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University of Southern California Quilt
|| || 7:33 am || Comments Off on University of Southern California Quilt || ||

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University of Southern California Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

These two maps of the University of Southern California will be the last of Los Angeles for a bit. I am surprised by the amount of maps I have made of this sprawling city! Moreover, I see myself remapping much of the city in the not-so-distant future. There is a lot of places here left to discover. As for USC, I think it’s quite interesting how condensed the University Park Campus is. I thought GWU’s urban location was slighly cramped, but this university was able to fit a lot into a small area.

View the Google Map of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

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Park Circle Quilt – Interactive
|| 4/26/2007 || 12:28 pm || Comments Off on Park Circle Quilt – Interactive || ||

Park Circle Quilt - Interactive by Nikolas Schiller

I took the 9,000 x 6,000 version (one half the original) of Park Circle Quilt reduced it in size one half (to 4,500 x 3,000), then doubled the width by copying the quilt (final dimensions: 9,000 x 3,000). Using the program Make Cubic I made a Quicktime Virtual Reality environment of the location. It’s about 20 megabytes so be patient while it downloads.



Park Circle Quilt
|| || 11:56 am || Comments Off on Park Circle Quilt || ||

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Park Circle Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

Like Dupont Circle, Grant Circle, Park La Brea, and Ladd’s Addition, I’ve used another street circle for a map. I really like making these maps too. I’ve found that some of the coolest maps are the ones that have their own geometry that I am able to exploit. After scouring Los Angeles the other day I stumbled upon this small plot of land in Inglewood that has a small circle (Park Circle) with 5 streets radiating from it and decided it was good enough to remake. Similar to Dupont Circle Quilt #2, the two circles combine to create an added effect that I find interesting.

If you know of locations that have a circle and are in a large city in America (and not DC), please send me info about the location!

View the Google Map of Park Circle in Inglewood, California.

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Vermont Avenue Sprocket
|| 4/25/2007 || 9:45 am || Comments Off on Vermont Avenue Sprocket || ||

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The process to make this map is a bit complex but so is the result. Very pleased.

View the Google Map of the intersection of Vermont Ave and U Street in Washington, DC.

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profiled by Iconoculture
|| 4/24/2007 || 2:11 pm || Comments Off on profiled by Iconoculture || ||

Saturday morning when I was doing my IP analysis I discovered that people were visiting my website from a document hosted on Iconoculture’s website. I decided to contact them about what the document was. Monday I received a reply and found out that they are a consumer trends research company who took interest in my maps. Quite cool!



San Antonio Sprocket #2
|| 4/22/2007 || 7:08 pm || Comments Off on San Antonio Sprocket #2 || ||

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I used too much light, but I am really happy with this new creation. I can see myself using this again for other locations. The San Antonio “sunflower” at the edges is really cute.

View the Google Map of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

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San Antonio Sprocket
|| 4/21/2007 || 4:58 pm || Comments Off on San Antonio Sprocket || ||

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More about this map later…. All I can say now is that I like it.

I started off using some pieces from the Star Series and ended up with a completely new design. By using two different texture styles I was able to create a Droste-like effect.

View the Google Map of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

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