[Iag-list] Cornell's new persuasive cartography website

Brendan Whyte obiwonfive at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 28 15:35:30 AEST 2017


With apologies for cross posting and self-serving . . .

It occurred to me recently that some participants here might be unaware of, and have an interest in, the persuasive map website<https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/> that I've put up in cooperation with Cornell University. This site now makes available to the public my collection of more than 800 examples of persuasive cartography, maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send a message - rather than to communicate geographic information.

The website provides general background on the subject and links to downloadable, high-resolution images with my notes on each map. Cornell has implemented an excellent image browser with a robust search function. The collection itself reflects a variety of persuasive tools, including allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Maps in the collection address a very wide range of messages: religious, political, military, commercial, moral and social.

I hope you find this useful - or at least fun.

PJ Mode
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