Minimal landscape maps

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Designer Michael Pecirno experiments with single-subject maps in his project Minimal Maps. No boundaries, just landscape.

The data provided by the USDA is incredible and includes a tremendous wealth of information that makes up the composition of America. By pulling this data and extrapolating specific categories I’ve been able to produce a number of unique and explicit maps that aim to push us away from the ubiquitous and low-resolution (regarding information content) physical and political map.

It still amazes that detailed geographic data like this exists.

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