ATG Quirkies: A New Way To Unfold the Globe Into a Map

According to the Japanese art, design & culture website Spoon-Tamago.com, “the coveted Grand Award of Japan’s most well-known design award (the Good Design Award) went to, of all things, a world map!”

So what’s so special about this map? It was designed by Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa who “developed a map projection method called AuthaGraph (and founded a company of the same name in 2009) which aims to create maps that represent all land masses and seas as accurately as possible.”  Why is this important? Mr. Narukawa argues that “with issues like climate change, melting glaciers in Greenland and territorial sea claims, it’s time we establish a new view of the world: one that equally perceives all interests of our planet.”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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