This World Map Won Japan’s Largest Design Award

This World Map Won Japan’s Largest Design Award
Design

Designed by artist Hajime Narukawa, the creation seamlessly converts from a 3D globe to a 2D map with accurate spacial proportions kept intact

Kimberly B. Johnson
  • 4 january 2017

What universal tool did Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa create to beat over 1000 entries to take home Japan’s most coveted design award? A globe! That’s right, the 2016 Good Design Award was granted to Narukawa for creating a 3D-mapped globe of the world which seamlessly contorts to a 2D map while keeping land and water proportions intact.

Narukawa used the competition to contend today’s generally accepted image of the world map, which currently distorts the sizes of both Antarctica and Greenland, illustrating them as larger than their actual size in relation to other regions of the globe. For this task, Narukawa developed a map projection method called AuthaGraph (and founded a company of the same name in 2009!) which aims to create maps that represent all land masses and seas as accurately as possible.

“The map can be tessellated without visible seams,” the Good Design Award description reads. “Thus the [Narukawa] world map provides an advanced precise perspective of our planet.”

Hajime Narukawa map 2.jpg

Narukawa acknowledges that in the past, his design may not have been as intriguing or relevant, as a bulk of 20th century history concerned itself with an emphasis on East and West relations while other regions of the world existed in much less of a limelight. However, with growing issues such as climate change and melting glaciers, Narukawa felt compelled to create an adaption of the current world.

AuthaGraph World Map

What universal tool did Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa create to beat over 1000 entries to take home Japan’s most coveted design award? A globe! That’s right, the 2016 Good Design Award was granted to Narukawa for creating a 3D-mapped globe of the world which seamlessly contorts to a 2D map while keeping land and water proportions intact.

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