Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

A mapmaker’s art

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Robinson projection

I decided to go about it backwards. I started with a kind of artistic approach. I visualized the best-looking shapes and sizes. I worked with the variables until it got to the point where, if I changed one of them, it didn’t get any better. Then I figured out the mathematical formula to produce that effect. Most mapmakers start with the mathematics.

Arthur H. Robinson, on the development of the Robinson projection

Written by nevalalee

December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

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  1. I love reading maps and found this very interesting…thank you.

    Jet Eliot

    December 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

  2. I’ve got a secret fascination with cartography. Glad you liked it!

    nevalalee

    December 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm


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