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!

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!

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A Physical Object

September 6, 2012

So, what is this thing going to look like?


A Preview of the Selections

August 23, 2012

The layout is done, we’ve got copyright releases from everyone, and we’re just a few small adjustments away from delivering files to the press. Now, at long last, we can begin to share with you the book’s contents! (more…)

About the Editors

March 1, 2012

The Atlas of Design is a publication of the North American Cartographic Information Society, an organization of mapping professionals in academia, government, and the private sector. The Atlas of Design project is headed up by two NACIS members, Tim Wallace and Daniel Huffman.

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.

Back in Print

April 23, 2013

Back by popular demand, a second printing of the Atlas of Design is now available for purchase. Order yours today.
And tell everyone you know.

Checking In

August 7, 2012

Hey everyone! Sorry for going quiet for so long, but we’ve been so busy working on creating the Atlas of Design that we haven’t had a lot of time to actually tell you all about what we’ve been up to. Things have been going very well in the meantime, though, and we wanted to take a moment to give you a quick update.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve selected a press to print the final volume, decided on dimensions and other specs for how the book will be constructed, and collected high-res artwork from our finalists. Right now we’re working on the final revisions to the layout of the book — figuring out what goes where, and how it will look. We’re also doing some final edits to all the text in the book, including commentaries written by each of the authors discussing their work. Once we get copyright releases from all of our authors, we’re hoping to share some images with you.

In about a month, we’re expecting to deliver files to the press. At that point, most of our work as editors is done, and we’ll be updating this site much more frequently in the run-up to the book’s release, slated for mid-October at the NACIS Annual Meeting in Portland.
Hope you’re excited for this as we are!

Choosing the Finalists

September 18, 2012

So, a few weeks ago we announced the final selections for the Atlas of Design. Twenty-seven great examples of some of the world’s great cartography. Today we want to talk about how those selections were made.

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!