New maps are like catnip for cartographers—nothing excites them more than a fresh take on the way we see the world. The Worldpmapper project is a treasure trove of such delights.
In the grand periods of exploration, maps were constantly redrawn to match the latest knowledge brought back from sea and land faring adventurers. Maps were state and trade secrets, giving the bearer a leg up on the competition. Today, satellites have taken some (but certainly not all) of the shine off traditional cartographic endeavors like tracing coastlines, drawing borders, and shading hillsides.
Much like artists, cartographers of late have been pushing the public to challenge their conceptions about what maps are—and what maps can say about the world. The Worldmapper project is replete with the usual maps distorting national boundaries to reflect population (as above), wealth, life expectancy, and so on. But it also has a plethora of maps that address a number of other thought provoking issues like poverty rates, species extinctions, and global trade.