Volume 2 – Sneak Peak

October 7, 2014






Photos by Caroline Rose

2014 Atlas Available for Pre-Order

August 18, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We’re excited to announce that the 2014 Atlas of Design is now available for pre-order! We’ll be shipping in October, but you should reserve your copy now to make sure we print enough for everyone! Don’t miss your chance to see 32 of the best maps out there today, from top cartographers around the world.

Pre-Order Now!

The Long Proof

August 13, 2014

We printed off a quick proof at the University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab, so we could do one of the last rounds of editing before we send files to the press. It’s about 40 feet long! It’s amazing how much space a book takes up when you arrange all the pages side by side.

Congratulations to Our Finalists

May 19, 2014

We recently finished the challenging task of selecting the maps to be printed in the 2014 Atlas of Design. The upcoming months will be a busy and exciting time, as we’ll be assembling the final contents of the Atlas and preparing it for printing.

To whet your appetite, below is the list of authors whose works will be appearing in this edition of the Atlas. Look through their work if you’re unfamiliar with any of them: they are truly representative of the best contemporary mapmakers from around the globe. As to the specific pieces that will be published… you’ll just have to wait until release day to find out!

Onward to Judging

March 12, 2014

The Call for Submissions for the 2014 edition of the Atlas of Design ended last week. In total, we received nearly 300 submissions, handily outpacing the number received for the first Atlas. The diversity and quality of the maps submitted astounded all of us. A very sincere thank you to everyone who submitted their maps, or helped promote submissions; you make the Atlas the fantastic publication that it is!

Deciding which maps to publish will not be an easy task. Fortunately, we have assembled an all-star team of experts who have volunteered their time and expertise to judge the submissions. They come from a variety of backgrounds: professors, graphics editors, professional designers, and more: it is that diverse carto-savvy that we’ll be relying on to complete the challenging task of curating the maps for this upcoming edition.

For those who submitted, we are still expecting to have all decisions finalized by May 1. In the meantime, meet the judges:

AJ AshtonMapbox
Tanya BuckinghamUniversity of Wisconsin Cartography Lab
Nat CaseINCase, LLC
Josh KlenertHuffington Post
Ginny MasonNational Geographic
Ian MuelenhausUniversity of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Tom PattersonUnited States National Park Service
Margaret PearceUniversity of Kansas
Rob RothUniversity of Wisconsin – Madison
Alethea SteingisserUniversity of Oregon
Hans van der MaarelRed Geographics
Tim WallaceNew York Times
Andy WoodruffAxis Maps

2014 Call for Submissions

January 13, 2014

Friends of the Atlas,

We’re very excited to release the Call for Submissions for the 2014 edition of the Atlas of Design! We want to build on the success of the 2012 edition and produce an even better volume the second time around. We hope you’ll help us create a great showcase of maps by submitting your work, and by spreading the word around to other mapmakers!

For more information, visit!

Photos of Volume I

December 17, 2013

As part of our website redesign, our colleague Caroline Rose took some really great photographs of Volume I. They’re wonderful, but we don’t have room on the main page to show all of them, so we wanted to share a few more of them here.


Updated Website and Upcoming CFP

December 10, 2013

Friendly mappers,

We’re excited to announce the release of our new website (on our new website)! Much has been simmering since the first release of the Atlas of Design in October 2012. As you may be aware, our editorial team has taken on a new look with the inclusion of Sam Matthews and Marty Elmer as Editor and Assistant Editor, joined by the stalwart Daniel Huffman.

The past few months have proven to be challenging, as the Atlas moves toward the beginning of Volume II. Taking a look at the website we found ourselves struggling to provide deserved attribution for our Volume I authors while being able to focus on the upcoming edition. After many evenings of deliberation and procrastination we decided our previous website did not satisfy our needs moving forward.

With this, our new website was created. Now we are running a completely custom website that we can alter to our every need as we turn our focus on to future volumes. Creating the website, to be honest, has not been as challenging as most. How can it be with all these great maps?! Our content is completely driven by the beauty that was Volume I. Our subtle greyscale theme relies on the color and originality of the authors that made the first edition possible. Notice our newly-created Volume I contributor page, which attributes every author and map in the first edition. Soon, we’ll be announcing our Call for Submissions for the second volume, which will be completely integrated with our website to make it as easy as possible for you and your friends to submit your maps. Moving forward, this website will be host to some of the most inspiring maps around the world.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support and interest in the Atlas of Design. Here’s to a big next step!

Atlas of Design at Greenville

September 24, 2013

The Atlas of Design will be available for purchase at the NACIS 2013 Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC! To make sure we don’t sell out before you have a chance to grab a copy, send an email to with your name and the number of copies you’d like, and we’ll reserve your order. By purchasing at the conference, you’ll save on shipping costs, and NACIS members also receive 25% off the cover price (regular $35).

If you’ve never been to NACIS, we highly recommend it. It’s a really fun time, with great people and great presentations on all aspects of mapping. We’ll see you there.


July 12, 2013

Friends of the Atlas,

As preparations get under way for the 2014 edition of our project, we wanted to let you know that we’ve had some staffing changes here at AoD headquarters:

  • Tim Wallace has decided to step away from his role as Editor of the Atlas of Design. He took this project on in its infancy and carried it from an idea to a beautiful finished volume. We are all enriched by the results of his hard work and vision, and we thank him heartily for all of his efforts in bringing the project this far.
  • Sam Matthews, formerly the project’s Assistant Editor, has agreed to take on the role of Editor, joining Daniel Huffman as the co-head of the 2014 edition of the Atlas. Sam’s enthusiasm, creative skills, and organizational abilities are already paying dividends, and we are very fortunate to have him aboard.
  • Marty Elmer joins us as our new Assistant Editor. An illustrator, cartographer, and all-around great designer, Marty brings a strong and thoughtful creative vision to the team. His skills are going to help us build a better Atlas, and we’re excited to see what it will look like.

If you’d like to learn a little more about the folks behind the Atlas of Design, visit our Staff page.