April 29, 2022.


We are excited to announce the final selection of maps set to be featured in the Atlas of Design, Volume VI! As with past volumes, the amazing number and quality of maps you sent us made it a difficult task to choose just 32. This year, we had fewer entries than we had for Volume V, but the overall quality was higher, making it even harder to choose. We could’ve assembled multiple fantastic volumes from this year’s entries alone. Our sincere thanks to everyone who submitted, and we encourage you all to submit again next time!

Here are maps you’ll find in the Atlas of Design Volume VI:

2022 Atlas of Design Finalists:

(Alphabetical by title, attribution may change)

Title Authors
A Guide to Anahuac, the Heart of the Aztec Empire Carl Churchill
Alex McPhee’s Province of Alberta Alex McPhee, Prairie Heart Maps
Algonquin Park Canoe Trip Warren Davison
Arlys MistyBeee
Around the Block Jennifer Mapes
Atlanta Rap Map Joseph Veazey
Atlas of Scotland Andrew Redmond Barr
Australia Alex Hotchin
Carte de mon Monde Confiné Arthur Beaubois-Jude
Colorado Trail Madeline Grubb
Hillside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Cam Ojeda
Hospital Corridor Smellmap Kate McLean
Humedales de la Cuenca del Río Paraná - Región Litoral Central Orlando Roberto Oldani
Kjempsavor Ayars David Nuttall
Landforms of Michigan Daniel P. Huffman
Le Pertuis d’Antioche Marine Le Breton
Murky Waters: Unmapped Areas of Seafloor Andrew Douglas-Clifford
Panoramic Map of the Alps Eric Knight
Railway Map of Greater London Mike Hall
Screwed: 2020 Presidential Election Kenneth Field
Settings Rivers Free National Geographic Magazine
Sinaia: Points of Interest in the Center of a Mountain Resort Oana Candit - Esri Romania
Slivers of an Ancient Forest Jake Steinberg
Takamatsu Public Transport Map Jug Cerovic
The Bellarine Map Melinda Clarke, Deborah Young-Monk, Sean Rodwell
The Hajj: Journey of a Lifetime Jean-Louis Rheault
The Kansas City Map of Outdoor Pursuits and Nature Education Jeremy Collins
The Presidential Range Andy Woodruff
Thirty years of tension and conflict. Contested borders, ethnic violence, Russian aggressions… The shock waves of the fall of the USSR Xemartin Laborde, Lucie Rubrice and Delphine Papin
Three Views of Cascades Volcanoes Leif Karlstrom and Daniel O’Hara
Wa:w Giwulik: A Landform Portrait Zoé Edgecomb
Where each demographic group contributed most to population growth since 2010 & U.S. population change cartogram Adrián Blanco Ramos, Zach Levitt, Brittany Renee Mayes, Ted Mellnik, and Tim Meko - The Washington Post

We’d also like to recognize a group of honorable mentions. These maps were all in serious consideration for the final volume, but unfortunately, we can only include so many—our final selection was as much about balance and variety as it was about quality! You can read more about our general selection process again, here.

2022 Honorable Mentions:

(Alphabetical by title)

Title Authors
Dependent Territories: Fishing System in Kivalina Amanda Aman
Diagram of Amtrak Rail Services, May 1971 Cameron Booth
Earth Transit Zhaoxu Sui
Kenan’s Climb Lydia Youngblood
Longyearbyen and environs (3D Map) Anders Skoglund
Mount Everest 3D Map Tom Patterson
Paris Urban Heat Islands Cedric Rossi
Sacrifice Zones Al Shaw, Lylla Younes, Lucas Waldron, Kathleen Flynn, Ava Kofman
Sea to Sky Country - Vancouver to Whistler, British Columbia Jeff Clark
Seventy Years of Canadian Wildfire & New York City 100-Year-Floodplain Glenn Ingram
Shamus Town Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Greater Los Angeles (circa 1932-2014): The Wonder City of America Loren Latker
Shanghai Metro Service Map with Scenic Landmarks and Songjiang Top 10 Tourist Routes Ziwei Jiang, Xi Tang
The Fan by the Colors: Richmond VA Emily Routman
Wild World: Australasia Anton Thomas
Winter Trails, Methow Valley, Washington Matt Dressler

And lastly, we’d like to give a big thanks to our volunteer judges, who were willing to lend their time and cartographic expertise to the selection process. Their efforts help us to create the best Atlas we can. Our immense thanks goes to: Aly Ollivierre, Armelle Caron, Daniel Huffman, John Krygier, Jordan Engel, Juliane Cron, Kenneth Field, Madison Draper, Meghan Kelly, Tim Wallace, Tom Patterson, and Vicky Johnson.

So what’s next? The Editorial Team and this volume’s contributors will begin working on assembling layouts and crafting the commentary for each map. From there we hope to have a first draft layout for the book by July and files shipped to our press in August. At the moment, we are still on target for release during the NACIS Annual Meeting in October (see you in Minneapolis!).

Nat, Tracy, Josh, & Aaron – Atlas of Design Volume VI Editorial Team