January 5, 2012

The best map.

David Imus worked 7 days a week for 2 years on this map, seen here. it's amazingly comprehensive- it includes geographical markers and political boundaries, major highways, airports, points of interest and universities, and he made nice touches like marking city size by the size of font he used. while most maps are compiled using algorithms, Imus personally selected the placement of absolutely everything to ensure total accuracy. this Slate article points out his innovative use of color- "Your standard wall map will often paint the U.S. states different colors so their shapes are easily grasped. But Imus’ map uses thick lines to indicate state borders and reserves the color for more important purposes—green for denser forestation, yellow for population centers."

it's really quite a masterpiece.

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