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Map, Worldmapper Project: Global Internet Use 1990 and 2007

This is a Map. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2012. Its medium is digital print on archival paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The field of information graphics has added a new dimension to contemporary graphic design. The Worldmapper project, which was featured in the museum’s 2010 National Design Triennial, Why Design Now?, enables an expansive mapping system. It was invented by a group of geographers from the Social and Spatial Inequalities Research Group at the University of Sheffield, England (Dan Dorling, Graham Allsopp, Anna Barford, Benjamin Wheeler, and John Pritchard), with the assistance of Mark Newman, a physicist from the University of Michigan. The Worldmapper system is able to convert statistical information into an easy to understand colored map (known as a cartogram or a density equalizing map) in which countries change their size and shape according to the variable being measured. More than 400 different maps have been created at the time of proposed acquisition.
This project is particularly relevant to the museum, as it documents the global population's interaction with contemporary design technology. The map is aesthetically beautiful as an ethereal and graceful graphic design object, and also relates to a series of information graphic posters by the Dutch firm Catalogtree in the museum’s collection.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A cartogram of global internet use.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its dimensions are

101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.)

Cite this object as

Map, Worldmapper Project: Global Internet Use 1990 and 2007; digital print on archival paper; 101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2012-19-1

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