AuthaGraph World Map Corrects Perceptions

No map is perfect but those behind AuthaGraph have offered an alternative that addresses size perception. By laying the spherical world out on 96 triangles, which are then transferred to a triangular pyramid, they have been able to depict continents (and countries) in more accurate sizes with regard to one another. When unfolded, this pyramid can either lay flat in rectangular form or be folded …

The Forgotten History of Women Mapmakers

Women are often overlooked in cartography when, in fact, they’ve contributed to the field just as much as any man has. Uncovering the history of women mapmakers, the Atlantic delves into the past 300 years of North American cartography and the women that introduced new coastlines to the masses. From Mary Ann Roque to the Haussard sisters, discover the forgotten history of female mapmakers.

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A detail-rich take on the modern map that is equal parts informative and decorative

Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they’ve always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump accuracy. We’ve been following Future Mapping Company since the East London outfit’s early days and are continually impressed by their ability to pack information beautifully into an expertly executed …

Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies

Edited by Serpentine Gallery's Hans Ulrich Obrist, the hardcover features thought-provoking abstractions from artists, designers, scientists and more

A few years ago, an unusual map of Africa began gaining traction throughout the internet. It showed that the continent is, in fact, larger than the United States, China, Japan, India and all of Europe combined. This realization surprised the many people who had grown up using the popular Mercator projection (a variant of which is also used by Google Maps), which depicts Africa’s size …

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London's niche cartographer Marcus Kirby fuses data with design in a brilliant NYC map

In the contemporary age of GPS and smartphones, mapmaking is quickly becoming a craft of the past. But Marcus Kirby, founder of East London’s Future Mapping Company, is determined to make us think otherwise with his new representation of New York City, set for release at the end of May. “I felt that the art and craft of mapmaking had become quite formulaic,” Kirby says, …