Maps are not uncharted territory!!

Ignoring how corny the title of this post is, you must admit it’s true. Odds are you have looked at a map sometime in the last week–probably on  a GPS, maybe in a research or news article, perhaps on the globe that sits idly in your office or living room? Did that map catch your eye?

A map is charted territory, but it doesn’t have to be limited to a Mercator projection showing geographic data. Maybe it’s been off my radar, but I don’t think I’ve reflected enough on just how powerful a map can be in communicating about health-related topics. In a public health seminar class this evening, our eyes were opened to just how much information can be presented powerfully by effectively manipulating a map. Here are a few of the maps we discussed:

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/countries-that-drink-the-most-2015-1

source: http://brilliantmaps.com/population-circle/

source: https://www.vox.com/2014/8/26/6063749/38-maps-that-explain-the-global-economy


If you’re interested in poring over a few more, this site has 38! Also, I know I’ve posted this TED talk on this blog before, but it really is pretty amazing for Hans Rollin’s remarkably effective story-telling using data. I’d go so far as to  say some popcorn wouldn’t be uncalled for –stat!–but data is just my opinion. (Sorry)


  • Courtney Luecking

    I’ve never stopped to think about how powerful maps could be. But now I see how meaningful maps may be to help people ‘see’ the scale of issues where they live or friends and family live. I look forward to viewing the TEDtalk link, thanks for sharing!