Some recent thoughts by Brandon Rosage reminded me that webcartographics (I should trademark that one) are the midst of a change. Since the dawn of Mapserver, we've been building maps into our websites in a segregated fashion, often treating the map as little more than an <iframe> keyed to a CMS. This works well enough in a short blog or location description, but there are more engaging stories to tell with cartography, and better ways to deal with UX complexity than just adding more markers.
Fortunately some great developers are steadily building tighter integration between geography and web design. My favorite recent examples of this follow:
1. Chasing the Boston BombersA maps-in-the-background piece on the Boston bombings from the New York Times Graphics Department uses a Google static map as a location-based table of contents to a scrollable storyline highlighted with more maps and photos.
2. The Royal Navy in WWI
From Vizzuality, a moving record of Allied ship traffic in WWI was derived from their work crowdsourcing the transcription of old ships logs. This is more of a show than an interactive piece, which works perfectly to illustrate the flurry of activity around major geopolitical events.