Month: December 2009

Special Issue on Art & Cartography

Our special issue on Art & Cartography has just been published by The Cartographic Journal. If you are interested in the interaction between art & cartography, you should definitely take a look at the table of content.

As discussed in the editorial piece, in this special issue,

“The interactions between art and cartography is explored through different artistic disciplines: contemporary art – including visual art and performance art -, architecture, literature, new media art and cinema.(…)

Putting together this special issue has generated some unusual and interesting collaborations between artists and cartographers. We hope these links that have been established will serve as the foundations for further interdisciplinary research, development and the realization of new interpretations of geography. The preparatory work in developing this special issue was also as much challenging as it was thought provoking. (…) Much still remains to be done, and exploring the relationships between art and cartography should continue to stimulate new utopian as well as hyper-realistic ways of looking at the world and at its complexity.”


The heart of the U.S. beats in Washington D.C.

Map by Amy Martin

Found (by Tracey Lauriault) on Cartophilia and on the Washington Post this beautful piece of art. With this map, Amy Martin won the Public Option Please art contest and captures in such an elegant manner the importance of publicly-funded health insurance program in the United States. “A healthy United States is dependent on healthy American citizens — which is why I presented America as a vulnerable living system.”

Atlases win the 2009 Rotterdam Design Prize

We are happy to know that this year’s Rotterdam Design Prize has gone to the Studio Joost Grootens for their work in different atlases. They do really look good. Congratulations!

Joost Grootens Kan Atlas

Joost Grootens Kan Atlas

At 5.00 p.m. on Sunday 29 November in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen pavilion, Peter van Ingen, chairman of the international panel of judges, announced the winner of the 2009 Rotterdam Design Prize.
The judges unanimously described Grootens’s work as of the moment and world class. They liked his attitude. ‘Grootens attaches great importance to the clarity of the information. His design is clearly intended to serve the reader. For Grootens, designing is not a self-seeking activity, nor does it mean promulgating a particular vision. The result is at once brilliant and functional.’