3d city by C3
Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:00 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:38 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:14 PM
Looks very cool!
Much better than those stupid pictorial maps, eh?
Ha! I'd worry more about these types of services carving-up demand for bird's eye/oblique map illustrations if they didn't look pixelated or less than stellar as you zoom in tight on buildings.
Take most of those models down to a view of a block or a single building, and all of the warts and shortcomings of the technology start to become apparent. Still, the technology is seriously COOL! I'd love to partner with a shop like that sometime...provided that they promise to give second-to-none illustrators like Jean-Louis, Michael Karpovage and Bob North their due when it comes to "data" and "algorithms" not holding a candle to drawn imagery from the standpoint of depicting specific properties. Modeling a city or a very large geographic area? Sure. Modeling a campus or rendering a specific building? Not so much, from the standpoint of art/aesthetics...at least not yet.
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:36 PM
Certainly the information overload of reality is too much for an oblique perspective, so I don't think this alone is any threat to custom maps.
Though on the street map side, there are now online wall map builders that automate custom wall size street maps - and charging little more than the printing costs - another nail in the mapper's coffin.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:44 PM
The Pictorial map art form is precisely that.. a highly interprative rendition more defined by what the process chooses to edit out.
Even if we had a perfect and super high-res zoomable system covering every inch of the globe, this would still be (as aerial photos have always been) just a starting point. Like archives and documents are to someone writing an article.
That being said, this 3c system looks like a fantastic reference but my question is: Is it availble or affordable for use as reference? or will GoogleEarth one day provide that quality of imagery?
Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:39 PM
yep, eventually - which is what C3 is banking on (selling out).
or will GoogleEarth one day provide that quality of imagery?
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