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The future of the art map

Cheers to the NYTimes’s interactive team again. In “An Isle of Joy, for Art Lovers” (this week’s Special Gallery Issue), their information-dense, intuitive graphics are applied in the service of gallery-going. Maps of key NY gallery neighborhoods are loaded with icons, which, upon rollover, display a photograph and caption of a notable exhibition, along with a link to a blurb.

When there’s hundreds of galleries, each open for a few hours per day, and gallery go-ers must be selective about what shows are worth the trek. Updated, interactive exhibition maps like these would be brilliant on mobile devices — though I’d recommend the inclusion of gallery hours as well.

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