Pages Menu
TwitterRss
Categories Menu

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Featured Maps, Visualisation | 1 comment

Typographic Maps

I wanted to write this post to provide some context to a couple of very special maps I intend to share over the next few weeks. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and maps to me are always worth many more. Words often appear on maps to label particular features and provide important contextual information- they often provide the depth that can keep you staring at a map for hours. In some cases, however, the words themselves provide the features of interest making the points, lines and polygons that we expect on maps superfluous. Maps with only words, known as “Typographic Maps”,  are becoming increasingly popular. I have included my 5 favourites below.

For sheer cartographic brilliance: axismaps’ San Francisco Typographic Map

For a more artistic take on the concept: Stephen Walter’s ‘The Island’.

For promoting world trade: Av Browne’s Trade Mission Typographic Maps

Lots of typographic maps of the world exist. I think this one from typomaps.net is the best.

Last (but not least). This great map called “Wanderwort” shows the use of German words around the world.

Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Google Bookmarks
Share on reddit
Bookmark this on Digg
Share on StumbleUpon
Share on LinkedIn

1 Comment

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. What’s in a Surname? - [...] typographic map above (click for interactive version) is a collaboration between Oliver Uberti‘s design team [...]
  2. The Best of 2011 | Spatial Analysis - [...] think the National Geographic Surnames Map is one of an increasing number of brilliant typographic maps that have been produced in …
  3. The Best Maps of 2011 » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented - [...] think the National Geographic Surnames Map is one of an increasing number of brilliant typographic maps that have been produced …
  4. Best maps of 2011 from SpatialAnalysis.co.uk « Everything spatial - [...] think the National Geographic Surnames Map is one of an increasing number of brilliant typographic maps that have been produced in the past …
  5. Information Graphics | Spatial Analysis - [...] New York Times Graphics Department’s coverage of presidential elections, Axis Map’s brilliant typographic maps of Chicago and Boston, Eric …

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>