About the Atlas

The Atlas of Design is dedicated to showing off some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design. Every two years, we publish a new volume of 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?

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Volume 5 of the Atlas of Design is available for pre-order through our web store at atlasofdesign.bigcartel.com!

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Volumes 1, 2, and 3 have been reprinted and are available for purchase at atlasofdesign.bigcartel.com.

Volume 4 is sold out. Get on the waitlist today for a possible reprint in the future by visiting atlasofdesign.org/order.



Caroline Rose, Editor
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Twitter: @cmrRose , or [email protected]

Brooke Marston, Editor
U.S. Department of State
Twitter: @mappingMarston, or [email protected] 

Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel, Editor
Twitter: @run_for_funner, or [email protected] 

Nat Case, Editor
[email protected]