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.

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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 atlasofdesign.org/call!

A Physical Object

September 6, 2012

So, what is this thing going to look like?

The Atlas of Design is meant to be a showcase of beautiful and inspiring work, and we realized early on that this meant we had to make sure the physical book, itself, lived up to its contents. We believe that high-quality cartography should be printed with high-quality materials. We want to honor our contributors by giving their work the best presentation we can. We want to make sure everyone who buys this book receives something that feels good to hold, that has a substance and weight to it. Something worth owning.

This will be a library-quality book. It’s being offset-printed on 80 lb satin stock. Everything will be hardcover bound and smyth sewn. Since the binding is sewn, rather than cheaply glued, it will lay fairly flat, and it’s sturdy enough to last a very long time. The final product will be 8.5″ x 11″, 88 pages. Everything is being done by American Printing, in Madison, WI.

The related question to all this is: why make a printed book in the first place? We could publish in digital media, instead.

Perhaps we are merely anachronistic, but we believe in the experience of holding a physical object in your hands. One that was purpose-made. A web browser, an e-book reader, a PDF viewer — these are all empty vessels. They load in digital content, then quickly dump it out of memory and replace everything with the next file. But this book is being constructed solely to deliver these maps to you. That this is a single-purpose object speaks to the significance of its contents. And, as we discuss in the opening of the book, form is integral to function. The medium is part of the experience, and the printed book makes that experience more satisfying to the senses than the instantly-resizable, searchable, no-thumbing-through-pages, weightless, unscented, one-size-fits-all digital reader. We don’t want these maps to be ephemeral. We want them to live in your house.

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!

Click to view PDF of the book’s Table of Contents

The selections for the inaugural edition of the Atlas of Design are:

4. Washington, D.C.  Ben Sheesley, David Heyman, Andy Woodruff, Mark Harrower / Axis Maps
8. Hora Mundial  Eduardo Asta and Vincenzo Scarpellini
10. U.S. Numbered Highways as a Subway Map  Cameron Booth
14. Asheville Redefines Transit  Matt Forrest and Kate Chanba / Carticulate
17. map=yes  Aaron Straup Cope / Stamen Design (Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA)
20. figures INFRASTRUCTURES: At Atlas of Roads and Railways  Bieke Cattoor and Bruno De Meulder (Excerpt from: Cattoor, Bieke and De Meulder, Bruno (2011). Figures Infrastructures. An Atlas of Roads and Railways. Amsterdam: SUN, 176p.)
22. Portland Finger Plans  Ryan Sullivan / Paste in Place
26. Locals and Tourists  Eric Fischer
28. eCartacacoethes  Tiberiu Chelcea
31. Here Now!: Social Media and the Psychological City  Sarah Williams, Juan Francisco Saldarriaga
34. Panoramic Map of Mount Washington  Alex Tait and Judith Nielsen / International Mapping | Martin Gamache / National Geographic Magazine (The National Geographic Society retains the rights to all maps previously published in National Geographic Magazine)
36. Malborough Sounds, New Zealand  Roger Smith, Geographx
40. Seafloor Map of Hawaiʻi  Tom Patterson, US National Park Service
44. Northern Arizona  Jean-Louis Rheault
47. Toronto Metropolitan Region: The Big Picture  Chris Brackley / As the Crow Flies cARTography | The Neptis Foundation | The GIS and Cartography Office, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
50. Tea Horse Road  Martin Gamache, Marguerite B. Hunsiker, Fernando G. Baptista, Mike Reagan, Elaine Bradley, Elbie Bentley / National Geographic Magazine (The National Geographic Society retains the rights to all maps previously published in National Geographic Magazine)
52. Oyster Appellations of the Pacific Northwest, Sheet 2 of 4: Northern Puget Sound  Adam Wilbert / CartoGaia
55. Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage: Biodiversity, Landscapes, Stewardship, and Opportunities  Tanya M. A. Buckingham / University of Wisconsin Cartography Laboratory | Lou Cross Florida State University—Institute of Science and Public Affairs
58. The Ways of the Framers  Daniel P. Huffman / somethingaboutmaps
61. D-Day Normandy  David Deis / Dreamline Cartography
64. Empire of Torentine: A Political Map  Brian E. Stoll
68. Japan’s Swirling Seas  Virginia Mason / National Geographic Maps (The National Geographic Society retains the rights to all maps previously published in National Geographic Magazine)
70. Willamette River  Daniel E. Coe / Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
73. Picturing Urban Decay  Derek Watkins
76. Two Nations, Over the Air  Timothy R. Wallace / University of Wisconsin-Madison
78. A Taxonomy of Transitions  Bill Rankin / Yale University
80. Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Residential Patterns  Larry Orman, Alexandra Barnish, Diana Pancholi / GreenInfo Network

You may notice that several people involved in putting the Atlas together, including the editors, are featured in its pages. The judges and editors involved in making the final selections recused themselves where appropriate, both in passing judgment on their own work, and in evaluating that of close colleagues. The world of professional cartographers is a fairly small one, and a lot of people know each other. But we’ve tried to ensure that the process is as fair as any involving subjective aesthetic judgments can be. Not everyone will agree with all of our final selections, but we hope they will find our process sensible.

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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.

Tim Wallace is a Graphics Editor at The New York Times and a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s interested in cartographic design and interaction in news media. He is also a gummi bear enthusiast. You can find him at timwallace.info, or on Twitter at @wallacetim. He also serves as one of the two principles of the popular Bostonography, along with Andy Woodruff and is a co-organizer for Practical Cartography Day at NACIS 2012 in Portland (yes, he hopes to see you there!).

Daniel Huffman is a freelance cartographic designer and the proud owner of the imaginatively-named domain somethingaboutmaps.com. You can find him on Twitter at @pinakographos, or read one of his two blogs. He hopes to someday invent the profession “map critic.”

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 atlasofdesign@gmail.com 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.