October 17, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
There’s not much I can say about today’s project to explain why I think it’s awesome other than to simply describe it. I think you’ll understand why I’m backing it and why I think you should too.
Food: An Atlas is a crowd-sourced (that means user-generated, user-driven, participatory and open-source) series of data-rich maps and infographics detailing information from crop yields to traditional family feasts. It’s something we can all share and enjoy and learn from. They’ve got 60 so far, and hopefully with your help and mine, they can collect and distribute even more of these awesome atlases for the modern eater. Back it before October 23.
The atlas fuses traditional cartography, poster art, infographics, and journalistic text blocking to create the map as a narrative device. Maps are a fantastic medium for illuminating complicated issues, and food is an exciting and compelling theme to explore. While food is an incredibly important aspect of all our lives, few of us have a comprehensive understanding of current food systems. By exploring and mapping the world of food we are able to gain a better understanding of the role food plays in our lives and our communities. The caliber of scholarship and artistry invested in these maps is impressive—they are informative and thought provoking, they are beautiful and they give shape to the world of food.