TeleGeography have become renowned not only for the detail and accuracy of their annual map of the world’s submarine cables but also for the design and style they exhibit. Let’s be honest…the data isn’t necessarily the most scintilating for a general audience but they’ve taken the approach of switching the design annually to reinvigorate the map and the interest.
The 2013 version was particularly impressive. Taking cues from the maps of yesteryear and designing it as an historical document is an interesting counterpoint for a modern dataset. The execution is impeccible with cartouches, muted colours, vignettes and parchment style fills. Even the typography follows suit and the title is akin to old-fashioned ornate copper-plate engraving. It’s this attention to detail that makes the map so well composed rather than just an historical style applied clumsily.