A fascinating site to explore: Strange maps.
Culinary maps, maps as political cartoons, and an interesting map comparing the world’s GDP to our fifty states. It is interesting just what kind of information and ideas can be communicated through a map.
This is one of my favorite maps that I first saw while visiting Australia (from ODT Maps):
McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map
It is a map with attitude, an interesting story and a point about Eurocentrism. At the age of 12, Stuart McArthur of Melbourne, Australia drew a map for a geography assignment. Tired of all the world maps showing his beloved country at the bottom of the world, he decided to make a correction and a cartographical statement. His teacher demanded that he redo the map “correctly” or fail. Later, as an exchange student, he was teased about his nation’s geographical position in the world, so McArthur vowed to one day publish a map with Australia in its rightful place on top of the world. Six years later, he did so with this map which has now sold over 350,000 copies, not to mention the plethora of other upside-down maps it has inspired.
That’s my kind of kid.
[tags]geography, maps, education[/tags]