Maps Offer a Different Perspective of the World

Posted on August 29, 2012


It can be said that many of us have only one way of looking at the world: our own.  That is to say, a great number of us don’t challenge our own views on a regular basis.  Maps can offer us different perspectives, though.  DaVinci Business Graphics takes a look at how something as simple as a map can offer a new perspective of the world, and even help us reevaluate our own views. 

 A drawing on the cover of the New Yorker magazine got us thinking of how perspective literally defines our view of the world.  The photo depicts New York City as the center of the world.  Obviously, New Yorkers already see their great city in this way, but for the rest of us it is an amusing study in perspective.  The drawing looks west from 9th Avenue across the Hudson River, spanning all the way to Japan and China.

Indeed, an amusing drawing, as Los Angeles is lost behind a rock and Washington, DC is practically on the US-Mexico border.  While maps like these may be simply drawings to some, we think maps provide us with a different (sometimes challenging) view.  When looking at a country map we can clearly see where the region is: we can see its borders, its neighboring countries, but we don’t really get the perspective of that country.

A map as simple as the one below can be a complicated visual for many people to encounter.  As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will agree, the world appears to be upside down.  But don’t you think countries in the Southern Hemisphere often see the world this way?  Not with their nations on the bottom of the globe, but rather on the top.

Next time you’re looking at a map, ask yourself what perspective you think the map was made from.  Something as simple as the center point of a map or the orientation can tell you a lot about the map maker, as well as who the intended audience may be.

 A unique map can offer you a different view of the world.  For more unusual maps, visit DaVinci Business Graphics.  We offer the largest selection of wall maps from the top map publishers, covering every area in the US and worldwide.

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today and discover how our maps can give you a different perspective of the world

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