Redrawn United States of electoral votes

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Neil Freeman reimagined state boundary lines based on population. He started with an algorithm and the fifty largest cities, considered proximity, urban area, and commuting patterns, and then hand-tweaked boundary lines and shapes. The state names are mostly centered around geographic features (although I would have opted for ones based on dating profiles).

"Keep in mind that this is an art project, not a serious proposal, so take it easy with the emails about the sacred soil of Texas." [via kottke | Thanks, Mickey]


  • I grew up in Minnesota without ever hearing the name ‘Mesabi’, and as far as I know the term ‘Iron Range’ would be the better known term throughout the state, including usage in newspapers. I would wager that if name choices were determined by popular vote, ‘Itasca’, source of the Mississippi River, would carry present-day Minnesota and its new fringes.

  • Digging the names on these.


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