Curious Cartography

by Marina M.

map of matrimony

‘Map of Matrimony’ by George Skaife Beeching, c1880.

Back in the day, before GPS devices and smartphones, you had to read a physical map to figure out where you were going.

If you’re anything like me you actually had to step into the map to decipher your direction. I wasn’t very spatially aware in regards to my location orientation. (And still am not to this day.)

But now, thanks to the internet, mobile devices, and GPS we don’t need to rely upon maps any more to guide us to our ultimate destination. Which is a good thing. Printed maps don’t seem to be able to be updated as fast as the roads are being added or reconfigured. However, as a possible result we seem to be getting an increase in creatively illustrated maps. Those that tell the story of a society or culture. Or used as an artistic way to visually explore vast collections of human knowledge.

You can spend HOURS poring over these works of art and still not see every nuance or bit of information. That allows multiple readings and makes them seem fresh every time you revisit them.

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3 responses to “Curious Cartography”

  1. M Davis says:

    Brilliant Marina!! Love this post. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Marina says:

      You’re welcome! I also constantly consider the depth of detail that go into creating the maps. Especially those drawn by hand. And can’t even fathom the patience those artists have for that.

  2. DK, Oh Yeah! says:

    […] visuals. And infographics! A while back I highlighted some interesting, or curious (if you will), map books. Hmmm, as much as I love perusing these image-filled books I’m surprised I haven’t […]

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