By Kyle Walker
The fact of the matter is that the less practically useful a given map projection the better it is. Maps, my friend, are not for the uninitiated, and the discontinuous oceanic boundaries of my dear Dymaxion map are just the thing to send the less cartographically inclined scurrying to the four (or, rather, 24) corners of the Earth.
The Dymaxion map is a projection of the globe onto an icosahedron which has then been flattened into two dimensions. Its aim is to represent the relative sizes of land masses accurately.
True, it is intimidating, and it takes a certain skill to connect everything. The Dymaxion may not be the prettiest map, the dimensions are odd and the negative space distracting, but at least everything is the right size and shape.
Mr. Walker is President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Society for the Adoption of Difficult and Hard-to-Read but Relative Shape and Size-Preserving Map Projections.