Atlas of Design

Gentle readers,

Things have been fairly quiet around here lately, and I apologize for that. I’ve had some maps in mind to write about, but much of my spare time has been taken up by a major project. I present to you, the NACIS Atlas of Design:

Click to visit the Atlas of Design website

This is a book I edited along with the superbly awesome Tim Wallace. It’s a refereed collection of some of the world’s best cartography. You may recall my announcement earlier this year that we were taking entries. Well, we had over 140 of them, and then a panel of judges selected 27 finalists to be published in this anthology.

This book is very important to me personally. In this era of quick and easy mapping, I feel that all too often we are focused only on the coding, or the data, and not enough on how the whole thing looks, and how it makes readers feel. This is a book about how maps look, and why we need to remember that beautiful and clever design is an essential ingredient in mapmaking. We wanted to produce a volume to honor talented people, and to inspire everyone out there toward new understandings of the role of aesthetics and design in mapmaking. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I very much hope it will give you something to ponder.

5 Responses to “Atlas of Design”

  1. 1 Mike
    4th October, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    wow sounds like a great project – looking forward to seeing it one day

  2. 2 Scott D.
    5th October, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Awesome idea. You should follow it up with a companion book: The world’s worst cartography.

    • 3 Daniel Huffman
      5th October, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if I could find a number of people who would, in fact, be willing to volunteer their own work toward such a collection. I’ve certainly done some terrible pieces, and I know they’re terrible, and I’d want people to learn from my mistakes, and I have some colleagues who feel similarly.


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