Awesomely simple graphic shows map projections distortions

From 1921!

On twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiansenJen/status/379283991972839424/photo/1

On Strange maps: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/624-this-is-your-brain-on-maps
I’d love to see this done with some other projections, and with lighter “lat/long” lines.

It’s fun for me, a cartophile
To see these heads that maps defile
But spare a thought for Christian Slater
His bonce was drawn by G Mercator.

wild applause

I think they are starting with a 2D picture, using one projection to map it onto a sphere, and then using a different projection to map it to a 2D picture again. So it exaggerates the distortion.

The Tissot Indicatrix does a much better job at showing the distortion.

What’s Jay Leno doing there?

Brilliant.

Why is it impossible to buy an interrupted homolosine wall map, anyway? Is a goode map too much to ask for?

Some of you may enjoy playing with Flex Projector.