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The power of cartograms and creating them easily

Posted on October 27th, 2016 by Juan Velasco

The power of cartograms and creating them easily

We love the power of cartograms to show thematic data maps because they overcome some of the problems of classic choropleth maps. And they can be beautiful. So it's exciting to see a promising new tool to create nice cartogram hexmaps automatically. It's called Tilegrams (for "tiled cartograms") and it has been developed by Pitch Interactive in collaboration with Google News Labs. But let's back up a little bit, since many people are not familiar with cartograms in the first place! A cartogram is a map that actually functions as a chart by distorting the size of geographic areas (such as countries or states) in proportion to numerical values they represent. Here are two nice examples by John Tomanio, Director of Graphics at National Geographic. In the first map, each dot represents a specific number of Continue reading

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Book List – Recent books featuring 5W's work

  • "Infographic Designers’ Sketchbook" cover

    Infographic Designers' Sketchbook

    By Steven Heller and Rick Landers Info
  • "The Best American Infographics 2014" cover

    The Best American Infographics 2014

    By Gareth Cook and Nate Silver Info
  • "Data Flow 2" cover

    Data Flow 2

    By Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot Info
  • "Around the World" cover

    Around the World

    By Andrew Losowsky, Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten Info
  • "Design for Information" cover

    Design for Information

    By Isabel Meirelles Info
  • "Information Graphics" cover

    Information Graphics

    By Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wledemann Info
  • "Understanding the World" cover

    Understanding the World

    By Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wledemann Info