Sesame Street - Grover loves his map

How To Read A Map

3D Space in 2D Media

"Flattened map animation, showing all the continents as undistorted as possible. Famously created by Buckminster Fuller and animated by Chris Rywalt"
("Fuller started with the data for the spherical Earth surface. He projected the data from the sphere onto an icosahedron -- the twenty-sided Platonic solid -- and then unfolded that icosahedron out flat. The advantages of this method are many: for one thing, it's possible to align the surface data with the icosahedron in such a way that, when unfolded, no landmass is cut into, which allows us to see the Earth's landmasses as one continent (this is where my illustration falls short; note that the landmass is cut into in a couple of spots); also, this method results in nearly no distortion of either size or shape of the landmasses, unlike most other projections (the familiar classroom Mercator map or the Peters projection, for example"). (link)

Making maps

Map Projections

Panorama maps

Schematic maps

Relief maps

Mapping to Scale

Maps of imaginary places

Weather Maps


Blank outline maps

Maps of Switzerland

Online resources

Go to this page to use a Java Applet and see all the map projections

Sample slides from a PPT from