Psychology of the map we all know

Is this map popular for the wrong reason?

on June 2, 2020

I've worked in a mapping software company for several years now. While I understand how visualizing data on a map is a valuable tool to any business, until now I never thought to look into some of the psychology associated with mapping. Take, for example, the type of the map that most likely held a space in your classroom (click image to enlarge): Mercator projection map Map from Google Maps This map is called a Mercator projection. It's called a projection because translating the...

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New maps: WHO knows about life expectancy

on April 6, 2012

Average life expectancy in 2000 Every year on 7 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates its birthday with World Health Day. There's a different theme each year – this year, it's “Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years”. With the number of people aged 80+ set to almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050, there are lots of good reasons to promote living a healthy life! So we thought, what better way to contribute to the cause than by – you've guessed it –...

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New map for Easter: Different breeds of rabbits

on April 5, 2012

Easter is almost upon us! The combination of Easter and the northern hemisphere's spring brought rabbits to mind – we can't stop thinking about what the Easter Bunny might bring us! While we're waiting, we decided to look into a rabbit-themed map – so we've mapped the global distribution of different rabbit breeds. The map (above) shows how many different breeds of rabbits you'll find in a number of countries. If you live in a country like Australia, there's only one breed of rabbit – so you...

The Irish in the United States

on March 21, 2012

Today, an estimated 80 million people people claim Irish nationality, heritage or descent – more than 17 times larger than the actual population of the Republic of Ireland, and more than 12 times the combined population of Northern Ireland and the Republic! Many members of the Irish diaspora made (and continue to make) their way to the United States – the fabled land of opportunity. Well-known Americans like the Kennedys, Ronald Reagan, Conan O'Brien and even current US President Barack...

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New map: Irish placenames around the world

on March 16, 2012

Irish place names around the world Did you know that if your town or city begins or ends with "bally", "derry", "rath" or "shan", that the placename is likely to be Irish in origin? Many Irish placenames (often anglicised versions of the original Irish names) travelled with Irish emigrants as they left home to seek new opportunities all over the world. As a result, many settlements were named after Ireland’s larger cities and towns. We’ve mapped 6 of them for you to look at. Our first map...

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New maps: Mardi Gras & pre-Lenten celebrations

on February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras celebrations Lent is about to start – which means today is Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”)! Cities around the world are celebrating the pre-Lenten period with a range of carnival-like celebrations. If you’re thinking of heading to a Mardis Gras celebration next year, or would like to know more about where these carnival-style events take place, a map is always a good place to start looking! Our first map (above) shows the top 12 countries renowned for their Mardis Gras parades...

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