Atlas of Design submissions are open


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We are now accepting entries for the fifth volume of the Atlas of Design, a biennial publication of the NACIS, the North American Cartographic Information Society. Entries are open to all, and there is no entry fee. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2020 at 11:59PM US Eastern Standard Time.

The link to submit is Entries include an upload that can be no larger than 10MB; you can also submit a link to an online viewer (but please not a link to a larger downloadable file).

The Atlas of Design is dedicated to showing off some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design. Every two years, a new volume is published filled with full-color maps, selected from a worldwide competition and judged by an expert panel. It is more than a museum of images, however; each map is accompanied by a brief commentary, provided by the author and meant to guide readers toward a deeper understanding of the work: how it was inspired, its intended message, or the ways it means to influence us. Everyday objects, even beautiful ones, become much more significant when we see what is behind their creation.

The Atlas aims to inspire readers both within the field of cartography and without toward new understandings of design, and of the power that a well-crafted map can have. In an age when more and more mapping tasks are being turned over to computers, the Atlas provides one more answer to the question: What do cartographers do?

We would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please feel free to contact any of us with questions about the Atlas if you want to know more, and please in particular spread the link for submissions.

twitter: @NACIS_Atlas

Atlas editorial team:

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