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? Well, they asked me not to say. But to be clear, this blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of…my employers. I think what I can say is that given my 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 have become an amateur genealogist and family historian. You will sometimes see that area of work bleed into my posts.

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