Does anyone remember what it was like when Google Maps first came out? If memory serves me correctly, the service was launched some time in 2005. What I do remember is not finding much use for it back then since my area was not covered yet. Today, I cannot count the number of times I have had to thank Google Maps for helping me find my way. Yeah, my sense of direction can use some improvement.
Anyhow, I guess we can all agree that Google Maps is very practical; practical being the operative word. And we all know how being practical sometimes is no fun at all. So how about having a little bit of fun with Google Maps?
Enter Rorschmap. ((Rorschmap))
The first thing that came to mind when I read that name was Rorschach. You know the set of tests developed by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach, right? It’s the psychological test wherein patients are shown inkblots and asked what they think of them, or what they see. The results of the test will depend on how the patient perceives the images (which are so funky that they really can be anything). Here’s a sample to make things more visual.
Now take that concept and put it together with Google Maps. You see where I am going?
What do you get when you put Rorschach and Google Maps together? James Bridle has worked on something so that we can all have a little bit of fun during downtimes.
This is what Paris looks like on Rorschmap.
And this is New York.
Of course, I had to see what my current city looks like all tripped up, and I have to admit that it looks pretty cool! Here’s Manila.
You have got to admit that playing around with Rorschmap is one of the better ways to waste time! Google Maps on LSD or some really trippy stuff. Do you have a better alternative?