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I want to see the worst map of 2005! :)

There's an idea!



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Well... here's a contender...

Some time ago there was some huff about some sort of European Union report that featered a map that had, by mistake, omitted Wales. As I happen to know a not-so-nice person from Wales, some of my friends asked me if I had anything to do with it. I made this one in reply. Okay, it s*cks and it omits Wales, but that was intentional... :P

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Here is another bad map contender

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Martin, was that so bad, or did I miss anything? It seemed pretty ok to me...
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If you look at the numbers they are trying to highlight in the article, i.e. the change in population and you look at the circles which is the mapped element, the variable actually graphically illustrated, they are not the same thing. New York's circle is the largest, yet it had far from the greatest change, probably very small as a percentage of total population. IMO for a more graphically effective map the circle should represent the percent change in population from 2000 to 2004, not the 2004 population, especially with the variable they are labelling in bold. It is a perfect example of a map that needs explanations to make sense.

My wife ( a great litmus test) looked at this for a long time before she understood what they were trying to show and why the circle sizes don't match the bold labels.

The real story here is the rapid growth of towns in the southwest of the US. This map does not show this very effectively.


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yep, sorry -- I didn't interpret the map closely enough, I was mostly looking at the graphic qualities...

More -- For the not-so-good-maps category, there would be a special place for all the plain/vanilla ArcView 3 that way too many GIS people just churn out. Very powerful tools, but the communicative/graphic qualities are often lacking. And you can very easily spot that the map was made with ArcView 3 (just from looking at the legend).
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There is another category for maps that are well designed, i.e. aesthetically pleasing, but where the analysis and spatial component is very weak, flawed, or just plain wrong.




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