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I am looking for some examples of creative cartographic output. I am planning for something like a mixture of cartography, graphic design and spatial information. The output will be initially in hardcopy, maybe poster size maps. These maps are reuired to be very unconvetional, uncommon but appleanig. I am not bothered about map scale, projection or other technical details, since my target audience will be mostly laymen in mapping. This could be considered as an idea of InfoGraphics, with a spatial sauce!

For example what I have in my mind is

  1. A map for "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne. This will be a poster size map, with world boundary and trip route alongwith some images/ photographs/ descriptions at major breaks.

  2. Another could be the use of beautifull and informativs symbols in pollution maps (Elements of cartography, H. Robinson), where all the indicators are shown as a combination of parts of human face. eg. size of ear for sound pollution, color of mose for air pollution(from red to yellow), the curve of mouth for water pollution and etc.

  3. Or even a map of Europe made out of clothes. You can see it here.

I am not looking for webmaps or historical maps or maps of very specialized theme that requires special understanding of maps.


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you should look at this question (Examples of Beautiful Maps) which had been asked before...i think it is what you want.. i hope it helps you... – Aragon Apr 2 '12 at 10:06
As I have just edited, I am not looking for webmaps or historical maps or maps of very specialized theme that requires special understanding of maps. I have gone through most of the answers. But most of these maps are either historical maps or very specialized map. I need more general theme maps with unconventional representation. Perhaps a population density map... – thelastray Apr 2 '12 at 10:09
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You may screen the websites listed there and also have a look at flowingdata. I love stamen maps:


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I really like many maps from "Good websites for map-lovers?" I missed out this one. – thelastray Apr 2 '12 at 11:29

You might want to browse through cartophile blog for some inspiration.

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Great Blog , thanks – geogeek Dec 7 '12 at 9:20

In order to answer my own question, I have just launchd my own portfolio website, where I have added the map of 'Around the world in 80 days' as a strory map. The site is This map is at the bottom of the homepage.

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