More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award
The AuthaGraph map is the most accurate map you’ll ever see. You probably won’t like it.
You probably don’t realize it, but virtually every world map you’ve ever
seen is wrong. And while the new AuthaGraph World Map may look strange,
it is in fact the most accurate map you’ve ever seen.
The world maps we’re all used to operate off of the Mercator
projection, a cartographic technique developed by Flemish geographer
Gerardus Mercator in 1569. This imperfect technique gave us a map that
was “right side up,” orderly, and useful for ship navigation (because it
kept longitudes consistent and the angle from any point to the North
Pole constant) — but also one that distorted both the size of many
landmasses and the distances between them.
To correct these distortions, Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime
Narukawa created the AuthaGraph map over the course of several years
using a complex process that essentially amounts to taking the globe
(more accurate than any Mercator map) and flattening it out…
I was fine until I noticed Brazil.
What the fuck man?
Finally able to really visualise how HUGE Alaska is because it’s like, right there