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Designing an atlas with a minimalist aesthetic

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NACIS 2016 Presentation
Travis White, University of Kansas
This project was born of a conversation about how stripped down a map design can become before the mapped features are unrecognizable and the design no longer retains any aesthetic or functional elegance. Heady stuff, but relevant to a series of river maps I wanted to design. I started with two beautiful works of inspiration (Darton and Gardner's 1823 Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Lengths of the Principal Rivers and Joost Grooten's 2005 Metropolitan World Atlas) and the minimalist design aesthetic found in the De Stijl movement, the Bauhaus school, and the International Style (over-simply put, less is more and form follows function). This presentation shares my process of conceiving and developing this river atlas, the final design solutions I arrived at, and early attempts at both print and digital production.

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Designing an atlas with a minimalist aesthetic

  1. 1. DESIGNING AN ATLAS with a minimalist aesthetic Travis White & Tim Hossler . University of Kansas . NACIS 2016
  2. 2. OVERVIEW of our project
  3. 3. REDUCTIONISM Represent water in the simplest way possible COMPARABILITY Give the reader the means to make direct, intuitive comparisons between rivers REPRODUCIBILITY Establish rules-based styling for all water features
  4. 4. National Geographic . 2007 . World of Rivers
  5. 5. DESIGN inspirations
  6. 6. DE STIJL MOVEMENT “Harmony and order established through a reduction of elements to pure geometric forms and primary colors.” BAUHAUS SCHOOL “Functionalism through simplified, geometric forms that allows new designs to be reproduced with ease.”
  7. 7. Mondrian . 1920 . Composition No. II
  8. 8. Moholy-Nagy . 1922 . K VII
  9. 9. Vantongerloo . 1936 . No. 98 2478 Red/135 Green
  10. 10. MAYA LIN river sculptures
  11. 11. Lin . 2015 . Silver Upper White River
  12. 12. Lin . 2015 . Silver Upper White River
  13. 13. CARTOGRAPHIC inspirations
  14. 14. Darton & Gardner . 1823 . Comparative chart of world mountains and rivers
  15. 15. Andriveau & Goujon . 1834 . Tableau comparatif
  16. 16. Holmes . 1995 . World’s longest rivers and highest mountains
  17. 17. Grootens . 2005 . Metropolitan World Atlas
  18. 18. from CONCEPTION to DEVELOPMENT
  19. 19. REDUCTIONISM Show water features (and water features only) COMPARABILITY Use consistent map scale & alignment REPRODUCIBILITY Design must be effective in any media
  20. 20. REDUCTIONISM Show water features (and water features only) COMPARABILITY Use consistent map scale, coloring, & alignment REPRODUCIBILITY Design must be effective in any media
  21. 21. REDUCTIONISM Show water features (and water features only) COMPARABILITY Use consistent map scale, coloring, & alignment REPRODUCIBILITY Design must be easily transferable to any media
  22. 22. THANK YOU! TRAVIS WHITE University of Kansas tmwhite@ku.edu

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