Maps for 'The World'
Client: Orion Publishing | May-July 2022 | Adobe Illustrator
This pair of colourful maps were designed for the endpapers of the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore's new book on human history The World: A Family History (Orion Books, 2022). Their style, colour scheme and decoration were designed to match the multicoloured, geometric patterns of the book's cover. Both maps use the same identical projection and composition, with differing details. The first highlights the seven continents and the patterns of early human migration from Africa across the rest of the globe up to c.14,000 years ago, while the second is a political map of the world that labels every country and major territory as of 2022.
The cover design by Orion Publishing, which uses colourful geometric patterns inspired by various world cultures. My maps were designed to match this aesthetic.
The small size of the spread (286 x 214 mm) presented a challenge when placing labels in parts of the world where there are many small countries and territories, such as Europe. The smallest countries are labelled with numbers that corresponding to the index at the bottom left corner.
Long-standing disputed territories, such as Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, are coloured using a hatching pattern.