As it turns out, we might be doing maps all wrong. Archie Archambault of the Portland-based Archie’s Press is setting out to create unconventional, but arguably more convenient maps:
“My maps aim to install a ‘Map from the Mind’ for each city, simplifying structures and districts in the simplest terms. The circle, our Universe’s softest shape, is the clearest graphic to convey size and connection,” says Archambault on his website.
He argues that GPS are hurting our ability to mentally map our surroundings. It’s an interesting concept with the research to back it up. His circular city maps convey smaller places in a global-like design. They functionality of the maps has to be tested, but they’re undoubtably visually appealing.