This is a quirky book that challenges the reader to accept unusual presentations of unusual information. Among the artists are Bruce Sterling, Yoko Ono, and Tim Berners-Lee. Mapping it Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographics edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist with an introduction by Tom McCarthy, Thames & Hudson, 2014.
|The Size of Your Senate Vote by artist James Croak pages 66-67.|
Edward Tufte’s The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is the classic work in this genre. His website is here. Unlike that book, this one speaks for and to cartographers. It breaks many rules that bibliophiles accept implicitly. For example all of the front matter – copyright, publication – is in the back. The table of contents (in the front) is in the format of a map key.
The five chapters across 240 pages are: Redrawn Territories; Charting Human Life; Scientia Naturalis; Invented Worlds; and The Unmappable. Presentations consist of two facing pages (occasionally one) with a map on one (usually the right, odd-numbered) and a key to the author and the work on the other.
|Mind Map of Western Philosophy on the Coppelia website here.|
The maps of "Product Space" by César Hidalgo (page 66-67) and of diseases by Albert-László Barabási (pages 142-143) reminded me of the Mind Map of Western Philosophy on the Coppelia website here. Coppelia offers solutions in machine learning and analytics. That image is from their blog for 13 June 2012 by Simon Raper, posted in Data. It was reproduced on the Coppelia blog two years later for a different discussion.
Some of the maps are startlingly mundane, such as the black-and-white aerial photo of central Oslo (pages 188-189), or the drawings of the northern polar region by earth scientist Laurence C. Smith. On the other hand, Tim Berners-Lee’s projection of what cyberspace looks like to him reminded me of Bilbo Baggins’s rendering of Middle Earth – and perhaps that is deeply appropriate.
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