Throughout graduate school I heard tales of the Denis Wood’s outrageous dissertation, curiously titled I Don’t Want To But I Will. Of particular interest are the scathing Acknowledgments, where Denis took his advisors to task. A worn copy of the Acknowledgments was passed among grad students as a bit of intellectual contraband.
But the content was what was most important. It’s a crazy dissertation. It’s about maps, mental maps, getting kicked off a bus, psychogeography, single element veridicality analysis, Europe, cartography, Kevin Lynch, passed-out subjects, Peter Gould, psychogeomorphology, the Shirelles, and the invention of “Environmental a” – a language for mapping. Among other things. It is driving the wrong way down the one-way-street of academia.
The dissertation was printed in a very limited number by the Clark University Cartographic Laboratory. Denis has recently made available a PDF of this never-really-in-print gem. I have reproduced Denis’ comments on the different chapters in the dissertation, along with links to the entire document and each chapter, from his web pages (here).

Throughout graduate school I heard tales of the Denis Wood’s outrageous dissertation, curiously titled I Don’t Want To But I Will. Of particular interest are the scathing Acknowledgments, where Denis took his advisors to task. A worn copy of the Acknowledgments was passed among grad students as a bit of intellectual contraband.

But the content was what was most important. It’s a crazy dissertation. It’s about maps, mental maps, getting kicked off a bus, psychogeography, single element veridicality analysis, Europe, cartography, Kevin Lynch, passed-out subjects, Peter Gould, psychogeomorphology, the Shirelles, and the invention of “Environmental a” – a language for mapping. Among other things. It is driving the wrong way down the one-way-street of academia.

The dissertation was printed in a very limited number by the Clark University Cartographic Laboratory. Denis has recently made available a PDF of this never-really-in-print gem. I have reproduced Denis’ comments on the different chapters in the dissertation, along with links to the entire document and each chapter, from his web pages (here).

(Source: chacalteaches)

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blech:

An 1882 map by Richard A Proctor showing the cones of visibility of the 2012 transit of Venus (which happens tomorrow). It’s remarkable partly as it’s so well designed, and partly as it’s over a hundred years old but matches the modern map.

blech:

An 1882 map by Richard A Proctor showing the cones of visibility of the 2012 transit of Venus (which happens tomorrow). It’s remarkable partly as it’s so well designed, and partly as it’s over a hundred years old but matches the modern map.

(via fuckyeahcartography)

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San Francisco Bay Area housing and transportation affordability map (Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

San Francisco Bay Area housing and transportation affordability map (Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike: “The World’s Greatest Highway”

The Pennsylvania Turnpike: “The World’s Greatest Highway”

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Detailed lithography map of North America at a resolution of 75 kilometres squared

Detailed lithography map of North America at a resolution of 75 kilometres squared

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Longvek (Khmer: លង្វែក; meaning “intersection” or “crossroads”) was a city in ancient Cambodia, the capital city of the country after the sacking of Angkor by the Siamese in 1431. 

Longvek (Khmer: លង្វែក; meaning “intersection” or “crossroads”) was a city in ancient Cambodia, the capital city of the country after the sacking of Angkor by the Siamese in 1431. 

(Source: mapandmaps.com)

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misshkchapman:

Jillian Tamaki
Here is a real beauty, by one of my all time favourites Jillian Tamaki.  She’s done a few different illustrated maps and each of them is stylistically unique.This one reminds me of a cutaway diagram.

misshkchapman:

Jillian Tamaki

Here is a real beauty, by one of my all time favourites Jillian Tamaki.  She’s done a few different illustrated maps and each of them is stylistically unique.This one reminds me of a cutaway diagram.

(Source: hannahjerrychapman, via fuckyeahcartography)

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Australia: It Really is a Big Country (Postcard)

Australia: It Really is a Big Country (Postcard)

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amanda-rae:

Mike Lowery for the Oxford American
Pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

amanda-rae:

Mike Lowery for the Oxford American

Pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

(via fuckyeahcartography)

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Texas Designer’s Map of the World by DJ Stout - pentagram

Texas Designer’s Map of the World by DJ Stout - pentagram

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This hand-colored geological sheet was issued by the Geological Survey of England and Wales, the first national geological survey organization. It portrays the geological structure in an area on the border of Westmoreland and Yorkshire in 1889.

This hand-colored geological sheet was issued by the Geological Survey of England and Wales, the first national geological survey organization. It portrays the geological structure in an area on the border of Westmoreland and Yorkshire in 1889.

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Southeast Asia c. 1939

Southeast Asia c. 1939

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