Identifying the Age of a Map

Don’t you just hate it when you stumble upon a map, but you cannot place the time period of the geographies? Well if you haven’t, who cares, because xkcd has a great flowchart to help you anyway.

Sum the number of Yemens and Germanys…
Sum the number of Yemens and Germanys…

Credit for the piece goes to Randall Munroe.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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