Friday, May 21, 2021

The Animated Emoji Globe

Making Maps out of Emojis is one of the coolest things I've seen for a while. I'm not sure Making Maps out of Emojis has any practical application - unless you have a need to display a very basic map on a very, very low resolution screen - but it is a lot of fun to play with. 

Essentially Making Maps out of Emojis makes a map of the world by using colored flag emojis to represent land and using blue wave emojis to represent water. This amazing emoji map making tool even includes an 'auto-rotate' option which turns your map into a spinning globe. The animated emoji map above is just a GIF of a map created with the emoji map creator. However, because these maps are made from emojis, you can actually cut & paste any of the maps that you make with the tool. 

Making Maps with Emojis includes a number of options. These include being able to choose the type of map projection used, the actual emojis used to make the map and the size of the font. Making Maps with Emojis also comes with very detailed instructions about how the tool works by obtaining a map projection, transforming this into a Grid of NxM points and converting this grid into an emoji map.

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