Maps are historically one of the most important and politically charged objects mankind has created. From raiding pirates not boarding for treasure, but for maps, to sovereign nations using maps to promotes ideologies and extend their territories on paper.
Diatom Map Art
You know that feeling when you think you’ve seen this before? History and art tend to repeat themselves in ideas, but just in a new context with a new focus.
Gestalten: A Map of the World
The publisher Gestalten asked permission to print a few of our projects in their newest book, A Map of the World. It is a beautiful book full of wonderous maps from various artists around the world.
City Swatches are quick and simple thumbnails of geographic locations, usually cities of similar latitudes and longitudes. Laying out all the city swatches gives a quick and interesting overview of any locations place in the larger scheme of the entire globe.
HLS World Map
There are several algorithms out there to programatically generate a color from text, but this takes it one step further and generates a color based on a physical location.
Using geonames’ free data set and a few quick lines of scripting, it was possible to convert a table of boring data in to a sovereign country. Even on a blank page, the borders are distinctly visible without the need to draw them explicitly.