We’ve all heard of contintental shift where supposedly all the contintents were one big mass called Eurasia or something. What if we were to use Adobe Illustrator to align all the countries. Here’s the starting map of the world:
Here’s all the countries aligned vertically. Russia is totally huge!
Here’s all the countries in a horizontal alignment
And all the countries in one big stack, aligned horizontally and vertically.
If you want to see all these images bigger, click here.
It would be really cool to get a wooden puzzle of all the countries and stack them up. I would take a spreadsheet of all the countries sizes and sort them from biggest to smallest. Then I would put the biggest country and put that on the bottom (Russia, of course) and then take the 2nd biggest country and glue that on top of Russia… working my way up to the smallest country on top.
The trick is finding a wooden puzzle that has each country as its own piece. Some of the pieces will be really small.
The vertical alignment looks like the Genie from Aladdin!
that is so freakin’ awesome. make a giant painting of that. that would be so freakin’ awesome. where did you find vector art of maps. I have a tiny collection going. It is quite difficult to find vector eps files of maps.
I got the vector art from the 750,000 Art Explosion. That has to be some of the best $200 I’ve spent. It’s come in so handy in so many ways. I would like to make big wooden cutouts of all the countries. Staring with Russia at the bottom. And Russia would be a big table. Wouldn’t that be cool? To have a table cut into the shape of Russia. Then in the middle of Russia would be a tall peg. Then all the countries on top that would have a hole in the middle, so you could put them onto the peg. And you could spin them around. I can decide if I want the hole in each country to be in the exact center for better spinning and balance. Or for the hole to be where their capital city is located.
Dude, are you high?
high on CREATIVITY.
it’d be cool if the peg was where the capital city was, and you could print the capital name on them, then it would be more educational. i’d buy that
you spent $200 on this? what else do you use this vector art for?
I didn’t spend $200 on just images of maps. Although, if they were very high quality vectors, that in of itself would be worth it. Perhaps 750,000 does not impress you. Let me illustrate that number another way. Let’s say you to draw an animal. And you want to have a large selection of animals for research to make your drawing. A) You could go to google images. And weed through 20 images per page. Click for the next page of 20 images. Click for the next page of 20 images. Download the image and use it. Well, i guess that’s ok. Illegal, but not not outright so. It’s all on screen, so yer gonna have to print these out. But you can take the extra steps to download them to your computer, put them into a quark file, and then print them out. B) You could go to gettyimages.com and save your settings to do 90 images per page. But you totally cannot use any of their images. They are hardcore set copyrighted. Again, all of these are online. You could print them out. Or you could go through their painstaking process of clicking three times for three different screens to download them. Then you can do the quark thing and print them out. And to buy an image, it will cost you around $200-$5,000. C) Or you can go the Art Explosion catalog. Already organized by subject, so it’s easy to find your subject. Just go to “Animals.” One page has 132 images. That’s 12 rows of 11 images. The animals section has 116 pages. Thats 15,312 images of animals. Since you already paid the money upfront, you can use ALL these images. And there’s not printing out, it’s all already in a nice thick book for you to use and to look at in ease. So that said, the reference alone is incredible. Maybe you don’t even have an idea for what you want to do. The two 1000-page volumes for the 750,000 art explosion have every single category of things in this world, you can just page through it for ideas. No surfing and clicking. Just easy to look at pages all in one source.
i didn’t realize you got so many images for your $200. i thought you spent that just on the country art. this thing comes in a paper book, not on a CD?
The main feature of this 750,000 clip art explosion is the digital artwork on cd. Most of it is vector art. Some is raster. And there’s some fonts too. There’s 48 cds that all this art comes on. Then there’s the reference books that tell you what’s on the cds. And if for some reason, you still like to navigate stuff on your computer, you can pop in a cd and open up the portfolio file and look at stuff in there.