Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World (Hardcover)

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Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World (Hardcover)

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An unprecedented portrait of the hidden patterns in human society—visualized through the world of data.


Award-winning geographer-designer team James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti transform enormous datasets into rich maps and cutting-edge visualizations. In this triumph of visual storytelling, they uncover truths about our past, reveal who we are today, and highlight what we face in the years ahead. With their joyfully inquisitive approach, Cheshire and Uberti explore happiness levels around the globe, trace the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us, examine hidden scars of geopolitics, and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj. Years in the making, Atlas of the Invisible invites readers to marvel at the promise and peril of data, and to revel in the secrets and contours of a newly visible world.


Winner of the 2021 British Cartographic Society Awards including the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping and the John C. Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping.



James Cheshire is professor of geographic information and cartography at University College London.

Oliver Uberti is a Los Angeles–based designer and a former design editor for National Geographic.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393651515
ISBN-10: 0393651517
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English
An eye-opening visual look at the assumptions and trends that lie beneath how the modern world ticks.…Demography and graphic design meet in an extraordinarily revealing book.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[T]his unique volume.…is designed to inspire readers to act.
— Library Journal