Unconventional Maps: Exploring the Stories of Cartographic Curiosities

October 22, 2011 to April 9, 2012

Central Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

America Votes: Mapping the Political Landscape

When reading maps, we expect map makers to use standard conventions, especially in regard to map projection or composition, orientation, scale, and symbols. When a map maker does not use generally-accepted practices, we ask why? What is the story the map maker is trying to tell?

The maps displayed here highlight a variety of unconventional maps spanning the history of the printed map. For each, we demonstrate how it defies convention, and how that particular cartographic design heightens its story.


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Exhibition Credits


Photography: © Robert Benson Photography