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Hi there, 

 

I recently designed this map (also attached) showing the route for the Volvo Ocean Race, a sailing event that takes place every three years and takes the contenders around the world.

 

The race begins and ends in Europe, which is one of the challenges when picking a projection for a map to show the route. On the website, a mercator projection is used with Europe shown twice to work around this.

 

I favoured this projection because:

- its roundness helps carry the message of 'around the world' - in a faux way.

- it shows that the boats sail around the south pole, not 'over' it (in the Mercator projection)

- it shows that the end is near the beginning (not seemingly on the other side of the world).

- it's weird and fun!

 

Obviously, this map has its issues, making it different but not 'better' than Mercator. It's more of a design-thing than good mapmaking practices, but did I go <pun_intended> overboard </pun_intended> with this one?

 

Bart-Jan

 

 

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Looks great. What did you use to build it?


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No, it is, in fact, better than Mercator for this purpose.

I hope that someday maps with unconventional presentation won't seem exotic or need disclaimers.

I also hope we can move past comparing to Mercator.
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It worked well for me.  I followed it just fine. I got a little hung up on Newport, VS, but I gonna guess it is a language thing and not a typo.

 

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Obviously, this map has its issues, making it different but not 'better' than Mercator. It's more of a design-thing than good mapmaking practices, but did I go <pun_intended> overboard </pun_intended> with this one?

 

Bart-Jan

 

Your choice of projection works very well for this problem. Attractive and easy to read.


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Thank you all for your critiques! I'm happy to read I didn't go too far with this map.

 

@ David Medeiros: I used Natural Earth data with either Global Mapper or G.projector (not sure, exported from both and at some stage chose one or the other) and styled it all after some cleanup in Adobe Illustrator. The 3D-globe shading is a render of a simple white orb, found on a stock site.

 

@ Razornole: Ah, I should have mentioned it's intended for a Dutch audience.

 

Bart-Jan






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