American Scientist magazine reviewed NACIS’ Atlas Of Design, Volume 1, and featured an image of The Willamette River. 

Here is an excerpt from the review titled “Living Cartography“:

“Daniel Coe’s map, titled Willamette River, Oregon, is a striking example. Coe describes his piece as “half map, half painting; somewhere between science and art.” Willamette River indeed looks at first like an abstract painting—the page is covered in a deep blue hue, with swashes of white tracing a curve in the foreground, surrounded by lighter blues and whites. The effect is like an image of a lightning bolt or a Harold Edgerton photograph of smoke diffusing. This quality persists even as the accompanying text reveals that the image is the display of high-resolution elevation data within a 50-foot range in the river’s basin. Dark blues are higher elevations, bright white the lowest. By revealing a wide range of detail inside a relatively small range of elevation, Coe’s map makes it possible to see the subtle influence of the river’s hydromorphology on the surrounding land.”

Read the entire article here.