Map O’ The Day #34 – The World Of Science Fiction


This graphic, from Stephanie Fox, via, lays out a portion of the science fiction community. She uses a coloring system to show which medium the character(s) originated from, (TV, Book, Comics, and Video Games.)

She furthers the impact by using color to determine it’s creative origin: Marvel, DC, Image or Other. But she wasn’t finished with two variables describing creator and medium, because as she draws connections in the science fiction world, she uses different lines styles to show the frequency and type of encounter between connected parties.

This map, while not that visually appealing, demonstrates a principle that Maga Design firmly employs, that of multivariate analysis, meaning, a collection of procedures which involve observation and analysis of more than one statistical variable at a time. It’s apparent that Fox understands that presenting multiple informative elements about a subject can contribute towards creating insights.

Map O’ The Day #33 – Jim Morrison’s Grave


In creating this map, the point was to drive home two truths of Maga’s maps, specifically, that maps work in systems and that maps are always about an outcome or goal. In this instance, your goal would be to find Jim Morrison’s grave, and as you can see, if taken by themselves, none of the maps would have you finding success in your journey. Rather, all the views of the information are necessary to understand your pathway.

Maga Design believes that whether you are implementing ERP or training your organization for a process change, that you will need a selection of maps that allow you to understand the true nature of the effort. This means presenting the active environment so as to provide stakeholders with easily identifiable challenges, (the flight to Paris from America would be the example used in today’s map), best pathways (making a left at grave 28 on the cemetery map), and an idea of what success looks like! (where’s the actual grave, what does it look like).

An interesting thing to spend a moment on with this info. graphic is the picture of a graffiti wall in the center. Maps are so natural to the way humans think that individuals took the time to make “road signs” throughout the cemetery to get to the hallowed burial site.

Map O’ The Day #32 – The Negro Leagues


This map, from Bill Turianski, circa 2007, is a neat view of the Negro League presence across the country, with “callouts” off to each side about each club. I’m partial to the Homestead Grays, who played in Pittsburgh as well as Washington DC and won 10, count em’, 10 Negro National League Championships, and 3 Negro Word Series Titles.

What I like about this map are the hand drawn logos for each club that give the map a unique look and feel. Overall just a cool picture of a valuable part of American sports and social history.

Map O’ The Day #31 – Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea


Today’s selection comes from either Conde Nast Traveler, or John Grimwade, and is a well proportioned look of the trip to where tectonic plate activity has allowed for the Earth’s molten core to penetrate ocean bottom.

It’s a little bit on the textbook side of things stylistically, but I find that it is an example of one of principles to which Maga adheres to, specifically, using systems of maps to present a variety of important views on a subject. This type of systems thinking allows an individual to understand the information on a variety of levels, from the strategic to the tactical, as well as subsequently becoming empowered to make more informed decisions, which leads to increased impact with upon acting.

Map O’ The Day #30 – Transportation


Today’s Map O’ the Day is all about “getting around”, or the different modes of transportation and some usage statistics regarding the select types. It was designed by the folks at International Networks Archive, a group out of Princeton University and presents some pretty interesting statistics including my favorite tidbit: the fact that the rise of mega yachts has been 214% since 1996.

A neat aspect of this presentation is the use of actual transportation methods to display the information.