Map O’ The Day #28 – Water Wars

 

Another map from the International Networks Archive via Princeton U that presents some interesting views on the world’s water supply as well as current and future usage. Pretty amazing to think that even in the modern world that 7 people die every minute globally from a lack of clean water.

This map utilizes one of the Maga mapping principles, namely, using a system, or multiple views of information to understand the landscape. See the far right side to understand this chronological system which is depicting the evolution of the clean water issue.

Gotta love anything with toy soldiers in the design, and a strong use of color and image [silhouette] to provide bold emphasis on the usage by continent figures.

Map O’ The Day #27 – Sch’mokin

 

So while cigarettes aren’t really food (theme for this week), I suppose to some they pass for a meal! This is another map from International Networks Archive (Princeton U), and like yesterday’s McBucked map, I think this map is wildly successful in it’s presentation.

The global tobacco smuggling trade, and it’s accompanying logistics are front and center, but if you examine the map, that information set is not the true purpose of this image. In a very “Tuftesque” (think Napoleon Invasion Map), they’ve created a very powerful anti-smoking message by framing the world tobacco trade map with compelling reasons to not smoke cigarettes.

Particularly interesting to me was the use of actual photography in the chemicals section on the far left to provide shock factor at cigarettes negative ingredients. That decision is applying one of the major principles of maps: POWER. As mapping guru Robert Karrow Jr. puts it, “Maps have an undeniable way of expressing knowledge of, mastery of, and control over the environments they depict.”

We should all be striving to exude this type of authority over our own subject matters!

Map O’ The Day #26 – McBucked

So, in sticking with the food theme this week, (like we need anymore reminders to gorge ourselves around the holidays), I’ve attached this excellent map / info graphic regarding Starbucks and McDonalds, which I found on the Princeton website.

Pay particular attention to the fact that McDonalds, while being currently ranked worse in customer satisfaction, is still bringing in gross sales larger than the GDP of Afghanistan!

There’s a strong use of shape in this graphic that instantly allows a viewer to understand proportion for both Starbucks supply and McDonalds restaurant distribution. Not an overwhelming amount of information, which is a positive in this case because it allows a strong representational presentation of key storytelling elements for both the Burger and Latte giants! Enjoy.

Map O’ The Day #24 – Turkey Trail

 

So, it’s not quite Thanksgiving, but I thought I’d send this out in the spirit of the oncoming holiday.

 

This map is a lifecycle of a turkey, well at least of a domesticated turkey. I think the imagery is very strong, and for some folks serves as a reminder of why they are vegetarians! It’s interesting that the illustrator has used such childlike design to represent the systematic slaughter and consumption of a quite tasty creature!