Our two most popular World Maps go head to head in this post comparing the strengths and weaknesses of two very different mapping methods.
Why do we have maps of the world that look different? The simple answer is that there is no one way to map the world. Because the Earth is a sphere, any attempt to flatten it onto a map will result in some distortion. It's mathematically impossible to do it! There are well over a hundred different kinds of projections out there today, each one serving a different purpose.
As contemporary cartographers we agonised over which projections to employ in our work. With these two popular picks, we think we've landed on the perfect solution to a complex issue. Up-to-date, good-looking and inspiring, these world maps were designed for modern minds: carefully crafted for the explorers, dreamers and world citizens of today. Read on to find out which map is best for you.
Based on a cylindrical equal-area projection, this map accurately renders size, although this does result in some distortion to shape. It was originally intended as a challenge to the Mercator standard, widely considered Eurocentric and imperialist due to its exaggerated sizes. For this reason, the Future Map is seen as a work of art in itself; a bold, alternative design that challenges and inspires the viewer to see the world a little differently.
The Robinson projection used in this map came about as a compromise between the two projections mentioned earlier. It favours aesthetic balance over accuracy, gently curving the meridians to reduce the linear look of the equal-area projection. Our map contains more data, from tectonic plates to time zones and even shaded relief on the sea floor, making it a great educational resource for curious minds of all ages.