Generierte Weltkarten aus verschiedenen Standpunkten

Creating world maps by means of map projection is determined by certain rules. These are also responsible for deciding which geographical region is to be displayed in the centre of the image.

Factsheet

  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute of Design Research
  • Research unit Knowledge Visualization
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.02.2012 - 31.12.2013
  • Project management Agnes Laube
  • Head of project Julia Mia Stirnemann

Situation

In conventional world maps, the horizontal centre of the image is usually oriented on the great circle of the equator. The relation between the topic of the map and the centre of the image is thus ignored.

Course of action

Here we come to certain point(s) of view. This project pursued the aesthetic question as to whether, by means of a targeted approach, bound by specific parameters, one might generate unconventional world maps that can be contextualized by a socially relevant choice of topic for each map.

Result

This project was developing a software program (worldmapgenerator.com) that allows us to combine both map graphics and parameters of descriptive geometry in a controlled, explorative process in order to generate the desired world maps.