The challenge of trying to succinctly articulate complex information in an accessible form inevitably brings you via annotated drawings, diagrams and flowcharts into the wonderful world of cartography.

It’s a fabulous world that I’m planning to explore through a series of posts that will celebrate map making in all their various forms: sketch maps, world maps, ‘imaginary worlds’ maps, artist’s maps, local maps, underground maps, annotated drawings etc. etc.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the kind of thing I’m looking at:

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An 1868 illustrated atlas of Europe creates caricatures of each nation within the outline of the country…
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A glorious high Victorian celebration of the cartographers art, an 1890 railway map of Scotland…
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A simple, beautiful interpretation of the world centred on Jerusalem.
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Annotated drawing, in this case instructions to a publisher for correcting an book illustration…
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A hypnotic interpretation of the ancient meanders of the Mississippi River…
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An 1891 map of Plano, Texas speak volumes about the character of the town and the scale of the land in which it grows…
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Map Man
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