To say I’m excited about this is an understatement. Thanks to Stuart MacMillan — who very kindly spent the time to show me exactly how this all works — I’ve now implemented awesome zoomable, scrollable versions of many of my transit map designs here on the site. Serving large images on the web has always been problematic (especially when there’s more pixels in the image than can fit on the screen at one time!), and this seems to be the most elegant solution that I’ve seen so far.
I’ve wanted to move away from hosting the big previews of my maps on Flickr for some time now (their “no links to other sites we deem to be commercial” rule has long irked me), but simply moving those enormous, unwieldy JPGs to my own site is also less than satisfactory. Posting them as PDFs is also out of the question for me — even with password protection, PDFs can be pretty easily hacked and reverse-engineered in Illustrator. I’ve spent way too many hours on these maps to post them online in such a potentially vulnerable format (hence also the watermarks on my large online images and these zoomable versions of the map).
Here are the maps that I’ve made zoomable versions of so far:
- Amtrak Passenger Rail as Subway Map
- International E-Road Network
- Highways of the USA (particularly recommended!)
- Interstate Highways as a Subway Map
- High Speed Rail Routes of France (2011)
- U.S. Routes as a Subway Map
- Rapid Transit Routes of Boston
- Rapid Transit/Key Bus Routes of Boston