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"The Manifesto

Speak in pictures whenever possible. Structure your data, but be sure to leave room for the unstructured. Mate function and form in equality. Transform the ambiguous, obscure, and complex into beautiful, engaging, and accessible. Represent data with accuracy. Remember it is made by humans and subject to inaccuracy. Let the data say what it wants to say. Respect the message. Strike a balance between the literal, the abstract, and the artistic. Know when to show the dots on the map or just the dots themselves. Make your own map. Share it. Make your own data. Share it too. Remember why you are making the map and who you are making it for. Remember that everyone is a mapmaker. Remember to make maps together.

Design your life like you’d design a map.
● Mate function and form in equality.
● Represent data with accuracy.
● Remember that data is made by humans and sometimes inaccurate.

Live your life like you’d follow a map.
1. Determine You are here.
2. Observe what is around your location.
3. Decide where you want to go and your mode of transportation.
4. Go!
5. Change direction if you change your mind.
6. Archive the map when it doesn’t work anymore.
7. Don’t listen to the computer if you disagree with it.


Manifesto Notes

This world does not only belong to you and to me, but to every person and living creature on it. If we want to continue to live on this earth, then we must change our interactions with it.

In order to change, we must understand reality.
It may be too late to change climate change, the death of bees, the melting of icecaps, the rise of the sea.

But it is not too late to understand how we might adapt to it.

When you look at a map, there are a few key steps to determining direction:
1. The first step is defining, “You are here.”
2. The second step is determining what is around you.
3. The third is to decide where to go (what to pursue) and the kinds of paths to follow (how to get there).

We mapmakers and visualizers of data are well­-equipped for this task.

It is up to us to share data and information, so that we can make the map of Now.

It is up to all of us to to draw the path to our future, and to determine our navigation style.

Let us make this map together.
Let us see our data and allow it to change our direction.
Then we must see the data.
We must know the information. We make the data.
It belongs to all of us.
Function. Form. Motility. Pursuit of beauty.
It is important to remember, we are all makers of maps.
If it's as much about the journey as the destination, then how we get there is as important as the paths we take."
cartography  maps  mapping  infovis  data  place  classideas  manifestos  2014  stamen  stamendesign 
november 2014 by robertogreco

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