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Quick Note: Best US Map

January 8, 2012

Today’s Quick Note is about this article (” The Best Map of the US You’ll Ever See“) on The article explains that a US Map made by David Imus over two years in his Oregon home has won a  “Best in Show” award by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society.

The article is written by Jonathan Anker, about whom no information is provided.

Anker tells us the map is excellent because “It’s been cited for its realistic portrayals of terrain, having city names displayed scaled to their population, showing indications of dense forests, including labels for noteworthy museums or neighborhoods in a city, and a clean readability which avoids some of the cluttered text on other maps.” [italics are mine, and show quotations from the article]

He also explains that: “Basically, this is artisanal mapmaking. Rare, old school craftsmanship. The cartography equivalent of quaffing a boutique wine when everyone else is pounding Franzia.

I haven’t seen it, but it sounds pretty cool. If you want to pick up a copy, “But since accolades alone don’t pay the bills, if you want to contribute to Imus’ kingdom you can pick up the map for between $12-40 over on his Web site.

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