Cartograms

Not to be confused with Mapbox’s nonsensical hijacking of the term for creating colour styles, cartograms are extraordinary map types. The relaunch of Worldmapper in April 2018 celebrates this form of mapping. As a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, one of the perks is a subscription to the excellent Geographical magazine. The recent issue had an excellent article on ‘Mapping the World’ (May 2018, p.66). The article covers the April relaunch of Worldmapper, which originally began in 2006.

Above is an extract of a gridded cartogram showing Germany’s vote turnout in 2017, using an equal population projection where every person in Germany gets an equal amount of space in the map.

“It is not only a fully redesigned website, but also redefines what we want Worldmapper to become over a decade after it has first been released: An atlas for the 21st century that is mapping our place in the world using cartograms.”

The relaunch included 125 new maps and will continue to grow; currently, at date of posting, there are 337 world maps, excluding other projects. The website will increasingly use more diverse cartogram techniques, such as gridded cartograms, as well as including maps at different scales such as country-level mappings.

The UK population cartogram above was created by Benjamin Hennig, University of Sheffield. It clearly shows what an urban population we are.

This original work above is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – ShareAlike 4.0 International License. For any commercial use (including in publishing) a map use license needs to be obtained from Worldmapper and/or respective author.

May, 2018

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