The Atlas of Design is dedicated to showing off some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design. Every two years, a new volume is published filled with full-color maps, selected from a worldwide competition and judged by an expert panel. It is more than a museum of images, however; each map is accompanied by a brief commentary, provided by the author and meant to guide readers toward a deeper understanding of the work: how it was inspired, its intended message, or the ways it means to influence us. Everyday objects, even beautiful ones, become much more significant when we see what is behind their creation.

The Atlas aims to inspire readers both within the field of cartography and without toward new understandings of design, and of the power that a well-crafted map can have. In an age when more and more mapping tasks are being turned over to computers, the Atlas provides one more answer to the question: What do cartographers do?

The Atlas is published by the North American Cartographic Information Society, a not-for-profit professional organization for mapmakers. It’s managed by a small, but enthusiastic, group of volunteers.

Volume 5

Volume 5 is now available for pre-order! Visit our web store! It is expected to ship in October or November of 2020.

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See our blog post for a list of the maps featured in Volume 5.

Volume 4

Volume 4 is sold out.

You can join the waiting list for reprints of Volume 4 here:
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Preview the maps featured in Volume 4 here:

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Volume 3

Volumes 1-3 have been reprinted and are now available to order. Please visit our reprints page.

Learn more about the book and contributors here.

Physical details: 98 pages, black matte hardcover, smythe sewn binding, 12” x 9” pages. 1.8 lbs.

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Volume 2

Volumes 1-3 have been reprinted and are now available to order. Please visit our reprints page.

Physical details: 96 pages, hardcover, smythe sewn binding, 12” x 9” pages. 1.8 lbs.

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Volume 1

Volumes 1-3 have been reprinted and are now available to order. Please visit our reprints page.

The reprinted version of Volume 1 has been redesigned to match the size of Volumes 2, 3, and 4 with 12” x 9” pages.

Original printing of Volume 1: 88 pages, hardcover, smythe sewn binding, 8.5” x 11” pages.

Browse the maps from Volume 1 here:

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