How We View the World: A Look at Maps


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"Maps have been lying to you all your life. Yes, even Google Maps" from video introduction.

“There has always been art in cartography. Maps by definition are utilitarian. Cartographers have long known that deploying artistic skills and techniques can enhance a map’s effect. Now the relationship between maps and art has swung around; artists are using maps to further their artistic purposes. Artists have found in cartography a rich vein of concepts and imagery to mine.” -Katharine Harmon, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Maps I have always believed are art!

Maps are a beautiful thing because they give us a mental image of the landscape.

For further reading: The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography


But how well do maps actually help us view the world? Some work better than others.


"Top 10 World Map Projections

It may come as a surprise to hear that there is no truly correct way of representing the earth as a flat image. A world map projection is a visual representation of this challenge using a grid composed of lines of longitude and latitude. This transference has been subject to interpretation and choice since the earliest days of world mapping. In no particular order we give you our top 10 world map projections. 1. Mercator.." from the article: Top 10 World Map Projections


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