Buckminster Fuller designed the Dymaxion map in 1943 to represents all land on the surface of the earth as neighboring masses surrounded by a single ocean without distortion or splitting continents. In August, the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the winner of a contest to recontextualize the Dymaxion map. The winning map (pictured above) was created by Nicole Santucci and her team at Woodcut Maps in San Francisco.
Nicole Santucci and team created a wonderful display of global forest densities, an ever-increasing important issue with the continued abuses of deforestation. What’s more an actual woodcut version of the map was made in the process, allowing the 2-D version to transform into an icosahedral globe. As BFI Store Coordinator Will Elkins put it “They went above and beyond our call by creating a powerful display of relevant information using the subject matter itself as a medium. The idea, craftsmanship and end result are stunning.”
The West Wing explains the distortions and troublesome biases of the Mercator projection, which the Gall-Peters projection was designed to fix, though the Dymaxion map seems to beat it on social equality.
Buckminster Fuller’s “Dymaxion Map" turns many of our assumptions about world maps on end, for considerable benefit; landmasses experience the least distortion of any projection, and are almost entirely contiguous. Furthermore, it folds into a perfect icosahedron, for viewing in the round.
The boldness and sensibility that were stifled by convention in cartography are released here, with a long, thoughtful creative process, fueled by a life of practicality.