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That might be a bit of a contradiction in terms but that is what Number 27 has come up with. The brainchild of Jonathan Harris, a specialist in “information design,” non-geographic maps really aren’t so non-geographic. Currently there is but one example of such a map and it illustrates a world map that alters based on travel time. Select a hub city and all the other cities rearrange themselves accordingly. Hover over a destination city and the mode and time of travel appears. Harris developed this for the International Networks Archive which believes “that geography is becoming increasingly irrelevant, and that there should be a new system of mapping, based on global transactions instead of geography.” It could be argued that geography is still a determining factor here, just one step removed. Still, an interesting perspective on the world.

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