After six projects focused on baseball, I've decided to branch the THIRTY81 Project into other subjects. Though an insufferable baseball fan, my professional career began in the field of cartography and includes staff assignments at the National Geographic Society and the Washington Post. To this day, maps are a fundamental influence on my design thinking.
Before we go any further, this poster is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of world map projections. Indeed, there are intentional omissions — one example, the ubiquitous Equirectangular Projection commonly used for GIS global raster data and by NASA for many of their planetary maps.
This print is intentionally designed to be an entry point — a 'projection calling card', highlighting the various possibilities in which the earth — a three-dimensional spheroid — can be projected onto a flat two-dimensional surface.
I ultimately selected twelve projections I feel provide a solid overview ranging from standard and influential to the lesser known and considered by some to be novelty.
The final design is presented in a minimal fashion, eliminating map graticule (lines of latitude and longitude) and instead focusing on the contrasts and relationships of shape and area. Arrangement for the poster is based upon visual characteristics in favor of a balanced design.
The final serigraph poster measures 18" x 24" and is printed on French Paper Co. Recycled White 100# cover stock. Ocean/water areas are presented in solid 40%K (grey) with land masses set in reverse. The title, projection names, dates created, and authorship are presented in red ink and typeset in Hoefler Co. Gotham Rounded.
Printing will be handled once again by my talented friends at Vahalla Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.
Only Kickstarter editions of the print will be designated with a Limited Edition LE# and my signature. The final number of Limited Edition prints will be determined at the end of the campaign. Any additional prints will be designated as an unsigned 'open' edition available at a higher price plus shipping via my online shop.
This is about as easy as it gets... for a pledge of $25 (US) you will receive one 18" x 24" unframed serigraph print shipped to any address within the United States. Those outside the U.S. will be prompted to add $15 for international shipping.
The expected timeline is to ship all rewards by mid-October via first-class mail with delivery to backers no later then October 31st.
Below is a list of the projections in the order they appear on the poster. Descriptions are intentionally brief and simplified. Further reading is highly recommend for those interested in a deeper understanding (see reading list at the bottom).
"Map Projection" via Wikipedia
"List of Map Projections" at Wikipedia
"Map Projections" at U.S. Geological Survey
"Map Projections – A Working Manual", U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1395, by John P. Snyder. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1987. PDF Here.
"An Album of Map Projections", U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1453, by John P. Snyder (USGS) and Philip M. Voxland (U. Minnesota), 1989. PDF here.
"The Equal Area Map Projection", via The Maproom Blog
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