VegasTripping Interview With Mark Adams from Vegas Today and Tomorrow

Talkin' Shop With Future Vegas' Amerigo Vespucci

Posted by Chuckmonster

VT: You have a massive repository of images, construction photos and architectural renderings on your site. Some of them publicly available, some of them 'top secret'. Have you had a problem publishing some of these photos? I was particularly shocked to find the Fontainebleau images on there. I know you've received a few Cease and Desist orders in the past...

Fontainebleau Las Vegas Map by Mark Adams,

MA: (Laughs) Fontainebleau provided me with those images. They wanted me to have an exclusive on them. They are clients of mine. I produced a map for their website and another one for their brochures. The maps are where I make my money, creating custom maps. You've seen the maps on the site, I have more time and effort involved in the map then I do with the website.

VT: The maps on Vegas Today & Tomorrow are incredibly detailed, to the degree of manic minutiae... tracking down which resorts serve Coke vs Pepsi, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

MA: That was a fun map. I thought that was interesting because I know people are very polarized about which cola they prefer. I thought a small audience would be interested in that, but both Coke and Pepsi have purchased the map from me and have them in their war rooms on the wall, big poster size. I create the maps in large poster size, then shrink them for the website. If someone wants a large poster size high resolution map where you can see cars and parking lots, thats where it starts.

Google Earth Map Overlay

VT: Do you use Google Earth as a basis for your map overlays?

MA: It's actually a hybrid of various satellite imagery, not just Google Earth. Whichever has the most current background for that area. Sometimes the Clark County's maps have a better resolution for a particular area. If you zoom out on Google Earth to fit in everything from downtown to the airport it becomes a mushy pixelized...

VT: ...mess.

MA: Yeah, it's over 170 screen shots that I've sewn together by hand to create the background.

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Comments & Discussion

thank you for the interview - i actually found this site thru vegasTAT when they won the trippie award last year, and i go to both sites daily. it was very interesting to see that MGMMirage was against the renderings, but it didn's surprise me. Mr Adams is doing a wonderful job over there.

you're very welcome. mr. adams is smart as a whip and unbelievably creative...

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