Welcome, theres plenty of strange mapping going on around here. And 3D too, what kind of complex spaces were you thinking of exactly ?
... so now I have a moment to say hello.
I've been making maps for a long time, but only relatively recently have I gone digital. I'm particularly interested in mapping three dimensional spaces with complex connections, and mapping stranger things like all the printers and bookshops in eighteenth-century London.
This looks like a really solid and sincere community; I'm glad to have the chance to be a part of it.
How on earth would you even begin to find out where all the printers and bookshops were in 18th century London? :s
Oh, and welcome to the guild.
The Yellow Pages had to start somwhere!
Honestly though, I suspect it would be from digging through old guild-membership rolls. They'd reference "So and So of Such-and-Such Lane" and you could then dig up old maps, collate info and presto.
Potentially tedious to me... so I'm glad someone else thinks those things are cool.
There's a few resources for finding such esoteric information out. Fortunately it's not just me working on the project, there's several contributors. I think I'm selling it a bit short, it's much more than... anyway. This might be interesting:
Addresses in London didn't have house numbers in the early part of the 1700s and the addresses are truly excellent, being more a set of instructions than precise coordinates. For example (made up but typical):
Robert Curll, bookseller, at the Sign of the Raven in St. Paul's Churchyard, over against the sepulchre, next to the Devil's Tavern.
Worth considering if you're designing a city. How do the inhabitants and visitors find their ways around?
Yeah, we've talked about that here before but I can't find where...fun stuff. Oh, and welcome
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Welcome to the Guild! Interesting project in mapping all the printers and booksellers in 18c London!
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I too am interested in mapping 3D spaces. In my case, the 3 dimensions of interstellar space.
Do you have any examples you could show?