Founded by Jordan Engel in 2014, Decolonial Atlas is working to undo settler colonialism, one map at a time.
A 60 sheet manuscript world map made in 1587 by Urbano Monte has been acquired by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which scanned the sheets, then digitally stitched them together.
MIT’s project Treepedia maps the protective green canopy of trees in cities around the world, and the places where this nature is missing.
Since the 19th century, the motif of an octopus on propaganda maps has represented the inhuman spread of evil, its tentacles grasping for land and power.
The 1660 Klencke Atlas is taller than most people, and now its rare maps are easily accessible online.
The New York Public Library’s NYC Space/Time Directory launched a project that plots 5,000 digitized street maps across the five boroughs, organized by decade from 1850 to 1950.
The Phantom Atlas chronicles centuries of fictional locations that were included on maps of the world.
To mark the 75th anniversary of its Cartography Center, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shares decades of declassified maps.
Since the 1990s, collector David Rumsey has digitized and made freely available his thousands of historical maps; his site has long been one of the best resources for cartography.
Some maps are not designed to chart geography, but to express a particular belief.
Originally intended purely as tools for navigation, maps have long branched off from this practical function to become an unexpected medium for visual expression.
Paula Scher, the first female principal of Pentagram and designer of identities for the Public Theater and Tiffany’s — not to mention hundreds of hit album covers — grew up surrounded by maps.