Monthly Archives: January 2014

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Logical maps

TwistedSifter

 

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out ChartsBin.com. There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!

 

1. Where Google Street View is Available

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Map by Google

 

 

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

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Q + A TIME

Whose world is this?

I love maps and flags. I have always found them intriguing. This meant both were innocently incorporated into my playtime with me being unaware of the economic, political and historical implications these presentations had. Unaware of inaccurate sizings and past borders.

It was probably the bright colours used for the separations that made the world seem inviting, and so in imagination games I would try and picture the way of life there. Or if I wished for the mood to become more logical, my playing would be consumed by lists of countries and capitals, attempts at matching countries to flags and placing countries in their rightful spaces. Flags are more than aesthetically appealing, they have hidden meanings from the past embedded in their colours and the objects they depict.

As time goes on, the borders that were once a complete mystery develop to becoming actualised in ways where you realise relations across countries, continents, and even regions are not as colourful as it once was assumed. There are things that have happened both within and between these places that have been purposefully forgotten. There are also others where it is maintained that “we must never forget!” in a bid to prevent the ills of history reoccurring. Wars. Wipe-outs. The marginalisation of identities. The dehumanisation of communities as a method to gain from their exploitation. Achieved, by reasoning they are lesser and therefore do not matter, or masked as a much-needed helping hand in place for their interests rather than an abuse of their human rights. The lack of praise, respect and acceptance for systems and people that are rural or indigenous. The demonisation of alternative ways of life and culture. The way in which the physical earth is disregarded as crucial so that its importance to the majority in charge is only apparent when it translates as currency. The list could go on and on. 

We will never be on the same page completely because with differences comes a difference in opinion, but as we all exist in it and have our connections to parts, understanding is key. I think it is a good sign when we can look into the implications and the histories behind a flag or a map while appreciating the unfamiliar names and the pretty colours too.

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world love

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Sustainable clothing by Iniy Sanchez. Made using a single thread so that it can be deconstructed once no longer wanted, to make way for something new!

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Must haves for a home at one point in life. Solitary moments spent planning getaways.

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Mappa by Alighiero Boetti.

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“Untitled” (Questions) by Barbara Kruger. 1991.

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BORD-ER. Burak Arikan. 2005.
Portrays restrictions and blurred lines. ‘A nation never is as sharp as its flag.’

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Butterfly wing mosaic.

Butterfly wing mosaic.

Meet the world by Icaro Doria.

Meet the world by Icaro Doria.

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La Haine.

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