Category Archives: Maps & Globes

Gift Ideas for a Map Loving Dad

Gift Ideas for a Map Loving Dad
Father’s Day is that one day set aside for families to honor the contributions of fathers. Each year, wives and children struggle to come up with gift ideas for the man in their lives. If your husband, father, best friend, or brother is tough to shop for come Father’s Day, there are lots of gift ideas featured below that are perfect for dads who enjoy maps and geography.   License Plate Maps Most Americans .

Decorating Your Child’s Room with Fun Maps and Map-themed Items

Decorating Your Child’s Room with Fun Maps and Map-themed Items
When your children are young, their brains are sponges soaking up a lot of information on a daily basis. While there is no need to bombard their young minds with too much information, there is no harm in fostering an educational environment even in their bedroom or toy room. Maps are a great educational tool to help your children learn more about the world around them. In this post, we offer up some exciting .

Beers of the World: Mapping Each Nation’s Beverage of Choice

Beers of the World: Mapping Each Nation’s Beverage of Choice
Here at Swift Maps, we have a few whacky map designs that are perfect for use in the family room or mancave. Among our most popular creations is the United States of American Craft Beer Map, which shows the favorite craft beer produced in each of the nation’s 50 states. The folks at the UK’s Daily Mail have created a map that would make any beer drinker blush.   Using information contained in research .

Mapping a World without Polar Ice Caps

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What would the world look like tomorrow if the polar ice caps suddenly melted overnight? There is only one certainty in this situation: the world as you know it would look drastically different. For Americans, countless coastal cities would be lost, and the familiar coastline on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts would look much different than it does today.   Global warming and the melting of polar ice caps is not an American problem .

Map Themed Decorations for a Child’s Room

Map Themed Decorations for a Child’s Room
All parents are guilty of imparting some of their own hobbies, sport affiliations, and interests to their children. That’s why manufacturers make NFL jerseys or MLB plush dolls with team logos and franchise names on them. If you’re more of a geopolitical individual interested in teaching your child at an early age about maps, you can still impart that wisdom and desire on them with some engaging and unique decorations. In the following paragraphs, .

Creating a Consistent Room Theme with Maps and Travel Items

Creating a Consistent Room Theme with Maps and Travel Items
Interior decorating is a tricky task that challenges the creative juices of any individual. Many people opt to use family photos and standard items for sale at a local retailer to create a theme for each room in their home. There’s no rule that requires people to create a theme in any room, which is why you’ll often find rooms that lack decoration altogether or include only basic items. If you want to create .

Maps with a Bird’s Eye View

Maps with a Bird’s Eye View
Creating and printing wall maps that include a visual representation of an entire nation, or even the entire globe, offer children and adults alike the opportunity to take in the world in an easy-to-view medium. While these maps are based upon mankind’s scientific understanding of boundaries and locations around the globe, the power of satellite imagery and views from space cannot be beat. Courtesy of the space race in the 1960s, and subsequent advances .

Learning About the World with Raised Relief Wall Maps

Learning About the World with Raised Relief Wall Maps
Far too many people hear the word map today and think instantly of Google Maps. The most common map that people interact with in the 21st century is, undoubtedly, an electronic version that can be zoomed, scrolled, and adjusted to street view for minute details. For all those minute details, there is still something missing from the average digital map that you can only find on a raised relief map.   A raised relief .

Think Outside the Box with a Globe as a Gift

Think Outside the Box with a Globe as a Gift
When most people think about maps, they envision a square or rectangular piece of paper in a book with flat depictions of the world around them. Throughout much of human history, mankind believed the Earth was flat. Early maps reflected that thinking with frightening features at the edges of the map representing the end of the world and unknown darkness beyond. The world is in fact a spherical place, and it wasn’t until globes .

Maps that Help You Make Sense of the World

Maps that Help You Make Sense of the World
Planet Earth is a confusing place for everyone. As citizens of the United States, it can be difficult enough for school-age children to remember the 50 states and their capitals, let alone recall each of the more than 200 officially recognized nations on the planet. Thankfully, the world has maps of all types to help people gain perspective about the planet on which they live. Aside from the standard maps found in textbooks, there .