A columnar map that serves as a focal point for the lobby
This 27 foot wide map shows all the trails, parks, and recreational opportunities surrounding San Jose. The form factor was chosen based on the dimensions of a large column in the lobby. The map melds land cover with shaded relief, resulting in an informative map which harmonizes with the interior design, yet provides a focal point for customer discussions.
This 18 foot wide map by the Art of Geography shows all the trails, parks, and recreational opportunities surrounding San Francisco The map melds land cover with shaded relief, resulting in an informative map which harmonizes with the interior design, yet provides a focal point for customer discussions.
This 12 foot wide map shows the major attractions, neighborhoods, landmark buildings, transit lines, shopping districts, and public art in San Francisco. Mounted in glass, the map is translucent and backlit. The map is featured in the lobby of a major San Francisco hotel.
Identifying and classifying historic, forgotten or undocumented pathways in Forest Park
There is a tendency for many people to look at the lush Forest Park and see the park as an example of a primeval forest, a true wilderness. However the City of Portland’s Forest Park has been imprinted by many generations of people using it for purposes ranging from survival subsistence/living quarters and industrial resource extraction to recreation and contemplation.
It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place special and unique. Sense of place involves the human experience in a landscape, the local knowledge and folklore. Sense of place also grows from identifying oneself in relation to a particular piece of land on the surface of planet Earth.
In the early 1500's Leonardo da Vinci (or an assistant under his direction) created the "octant map," a mappa mundi which splits the globe into eight sections or petals. Each petal is called a Reuleaux triangle--created by joining three equal-length circular arcs into an equilateral triangle. Each cluster of 4 petals covers one hemisphere of the earth.
In terms of cartographic qualities, this projection is neither conformal or equal area†. More so than most projections (Mercator, Peters, Miller Cylindrical, Hobo, etc.), the shape is visually appealing.
"Geography and our identification with it, give us a sense of place."
The Art of Geography maps help provide a sense of place.
Maps are supreme information design challenges containing many layers of spatial information melded together into a flat, 2D document. Our philosophy is to use every design tool available to present geographic information as clearly and elegantly as possible.