Sunday, December 08, 2013

The Christmas Themed Maps of the Week

Chocolate company Thorntons has created a neat application that lets you send a magical online Christmas Card featuring Raymond Briggs' cute Snowman character (and Google Maps).

The Thorntons Facebook Christmas Message application allows you to send an animated Christmas message to a friend in which the Snowman is seen flying over their house (using Google Maps satellite imagery) and even walks down their street (using Street View).

The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar is also a wondrous interactive map, although you wouldn't know it just by looking at it.

The Wellington, New Zealand Tourist Office has created a gorgeous looking online advent calendar featuring illustrations of well known landmarks around the city. Users can explore the calendar to find today's date, click on the date and discover a voucher that can be redeemed at a Wellington business.

The calendar was created using the Leaflet JavaScript mapping library, but instead of using the usual OpenStreetMap map tiles it has created a map from an illustration of Wellington landmarks. The result is a beautiful looking Christmas campaign promoting the city of Wellington and local businesses.

Map Your Representatives is a handy application that helps you find out who your political representatives are, from local councilor up to the President himself, simply by clicking on a Google Map.

Enter your zip-code or address into the search bar and a pin will be dropped on your location. The page will then automatically scroll down to reveal all your local political representatives.

The map itself includes an attractive mask that creates a circular map. If you pan the map around the map marker remains in the center of the map and not on your searched for location. Simply click on the 'Update Location' button and the political representatives for the new location will be displayed on the map. 

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