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http://www.designora...om/cartography/

Established September 2005

Cartography is the art and science of map design.

Maps take many forms, many themes, and many expressions, ranging from the straightforward city street map to the specialized terrain and statistical displays used by scientists and sports affectionados to highly sophisticated cartograms used by researchers and thesis-writers.

All this work stands upon the shoulders of giants. Without hundreds of years of work and refinement, without the maps of Ptolemy and the projections of Mercator, there could never have been the common gas-station street map, and neither could there have been the highly technological GIS systems of today.

Designorati:Cartography aims to explore the origins, view the state of the art, and guess at the future of the common (and uncommon) map.

Maps abstract the world so we may comprehend it better. Maps also speak thier own language, but it’s one we can all learn. Maps are sometimes made with an agenda and a message, and sometimes just to inform. And maps, in an indirect way, reflect our own image.

It is, in and of itself, an exploration. Designorati:Cartography hopes to become an explorers guide to that realm.



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For a website which claims to have a 360 degree view of design, their website is very poorly designed. I don't know which navbar I am supposed to look at, there are two icons for every header, the black background makes it extremely difficult to read the text, and it is a challenge to locate the header amongst all the Google AdWords. Too bad, considering there seems to be quite a bit of good information here. Just a big of a challenge to focus on it.............
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I have to agree with Gillian, the site is very hectic and overdone. Certainly not an example of good, usable design. It's a design for designs-sake, not for communication.

The judgement is still out on the cartography section as well. One article says this about Richard Saul Wurman: "Information Design Maven created the best U.S. Atlas You May Have Never Heard Of."

While I'll agree that his atlas was interesting and from a graphic designer's point-of-view it looks nice, cartographically it is not the "best U.S. Atlas."

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The judgement is still out on the cartography section as well.  One article says this about Richard Saul Wurman: "Information Design Maven created the best U.S. Atlas You May Have Never Heard Of."

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Looks like it is one person writing most of the cartography articles.........

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I find that the cartography section in Designorati seems to be geared to newcomers in the field and not professional cartographers. Very disappointing.

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