Places are multi-faceted. They can be seen, described, and remembered from many different angles. Communicating this notion was one of the original design challenges for the early platial website. At one point we were experimenting with an animated marker that would spin around, then unfold to show each of the various perspectives.
I just came upon this animation and couldn't help be a little nostalgic for the old designs.
(Via todayandtomorrow .)