The Dymaxion Map

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There are many different maps that are being designed nowadays and each of them is intended for different purposes. Even though maps have been available for quite some centuries now, one can certainly agree that maps are no longer what they used to be. The development of technology managed to bring around important changes in the ways a map is designed and even more importantly, it has changed the ways in which people see and look at the world. Here one can learn more about a more special type of map, the Dymaxion map. The Dymaxion map is nothing like the road maps or street maps that everyone is used to and this is why it is important for the readers to have an idea about less conventional types of maps.

The Dymaxion map, or otherwise known as the Fuller map, is a type of map that projects the world. However, it is special because it is designed on the surface of a polyhedron and which gives one the opportunity to unfold it or flatten it to two dimensions. The idea behind this type of map is to project the world as consisting of more islands, each of which is a continent. It was firstly developed in 1946 by Buckminster Fuller and improved by 1954 when the map gained a new name and that was the AirOcean World Map which is based on an icosahedron projection.

There is little utility to this map as it was primarily designed to represent the entire globe, and not much more. It is however claimed to carry some advantages in comparison with conventional types of maps and projections. Firstly, Fuller claimed that the Dymaxion map distorts less in terms of size of areas, especially when compared to the Mercator projection. Secondly, it is claimed that this type of map distort to a lesser extent the shape of the areas represented.