Unconventional Maps: Exploring the Stories of Cartographic Curiosities
October 22, 2011 to April 9, 2012
Central Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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.
Photography: © Robert Benson Photography