Archive for the ‘cartography’ Tag

Strange Maps = Wonderful World

I was back in the 60s with Mad Men last night.

Art director Salvatore Romano delivers a line of expert irony. He rhapsodises about the future of advertising.

“The copy will follow the art, and not the other way round.”

It wasn’t a distant world after all. And I’ve been fairly speechless today. So I set out on a visual voyage – and Strange Maps is my pick of the morning.

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Old Europe by Justine Smith.

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An Absolut Mexico by Teran/TBWA Mexico.

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World Beat Music by James Plakovic.

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The Surrealist Map of the World, published in Variétés magazine (1929).

I Think We’re Lost

Don’t despair if you can’t find this landmark on your map. It doesn’t exist.

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This is one of many buildings imagined by Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin. According to Mark Magazine, Dujardin dreams up a concept building then embarks on a photo safari.

From the photo hunt he composites spectacularly complex, often impossible structures.

In this first photo (above), the choice of context causes much of the displacement. Since reading Daniel Kalder’s Lost Cosmonaut, I’ve loved the idea of a futuristic structure in the wilderness. It’s reaffirmingly absurd.

But Dujardin’s work can be equally brutal:

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There’s plenty more on Dujardin at BLDG BLOG and Designboom.

And if you’re in the London commercial game, Marcus Lyon is a photographer you could speak to. He showed us some beautiful cityscape comp work a few months back.

But to step off the fictional made real, what about real made fictional…

Could you find your way around this map?

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Not how America looked the last time you checked your atlas. But there’s a very good reason involving very detailed data.

Mark Newman‘s maps of the 2008 US presidential election results have had over a million hits in the last couple of weeks, and I give them 6 thumbs up.

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Newman, at the University of Michigan, uses cartograms to rescale states according to their populations.

He goes beyond that with hue, using shades of purple to indicate voting % – so the maps don’t just represent a first-past-the-post majority, but the shade of victory.

Consumerist:

You can get great cartograms from The Future Mapping Company on Columbia Rd.

Dreamer:

You can lose yourself in imagined space. Then make it real. Or vice-versa. I don’t know. Did you bring a map?