Overview of project
I have worked as a graphic designer and cartographer for almost twenty years and, during all this time, I always wanted to design a poster-map that was different from what you usually see.
The final result has been a map that brings together an infographic conception of the planet with a touch of curiosity. The central map, with a Dymaxion projection, is the element around which a multitude of data and thematic layers are displayed.
Since 2011 I have developed a digital vector maps project called Maptorian. I have used as a base to create part of the poster my own layers of geographic information from that project, to shape a new vision of the planet. The end result is a beautiful poster that attracts attention and that, properly framed or simply placed on a wall, creates a very striking effect. People are accustomed to looking at world maps in very specific ways, usually through maps with Mercator projection, or Winkel-Tripel or similar, with the north at the top. But, the world can be represented in many other ways, all of them valid. To think differently, let's start by representing the world in an unconventional way: that's why I chose to use the Dymaxion projection.
With the poster already designed, I thought I'd make it known to the world. I had several options to do that: I could market it as a printed product or I could make it available as a digital download. The advantage of digital downloading, in very high quality PDF format, is that it allows you to print it wherever you want, with the quality of paper you want and in different sizes, as well as being able to print as many copies as you want. Obviously, sending the printed poster was the most common thing, but I finally decided to offer it only as a digital download. The reason is very simple: I know from past experiences that shipping these types of products with quality and safety can be a nightmare.
That is why, in order to avoid such problems, I have only chosen to distribute it as a digital product. You will have the complete high quality files available in PDF for high quality printing in two sizes. You can even print as many copies as you want with your local supplier, I do not put any restrictions on that aspect. If, in addition, you want to have all the vector tools I use when creating my maps, there is a reward available in which you can have not only the PDFs of the poster, but hundreds of vector digital maps, with thousands of editable objects, so you can create your own maps (here I describe the contents of that collection of vector maps - Maptorian).
1.- Minimal Geography poster (Digital Download) High quality PDFs for print, 300 dpi, two sizes: 18x24 inches (45x60 cm) and 24x36 inches (60x92 cm).
2.- Minimal Geography poster (Digital Download) + Maptorian Full Edition (Digital Download) High quality PDFs for print, 300 dpi, two sizes: 18x24 inches (45x60 cm) and 24x36 inches (60x92 cm) + Maptorian vector maps full edition, with more than 100 digital maps in Illustrator and PDF formats (about Maptorian).
Risks and challenges
The design is complete and I have done printing tests in various sizes to check the final quality of the poster. There are no shipping or manufacturing risks, as it is distributed as a digital product so you can print it wherever you want.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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