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American Scientist Book Review of the Atlas Of Design

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.

Inaugural Atlas of Design

The Willamette River was chosen from a worldwide pool of entrants as one of 27 maps that was included in The North American Cartographic Society’s inaugural edition of the Atlas of Design.