Immersive Geography ... Really Big Maps in Print
On these digital pages in the past, I've discussed and displayed other immersive mapping experiences like those produced by Google and other digital content providers. But never have I seen how printed maps could also provide an immersive experience ... until today.
At the .Map Conference produced by us at Directions and the International Map Industry Association (IMIA), I spoke with Gordon Cheers, managing director at Millenium House, publishers of Earth, Platinum Edition. Earth, is a mammoth, 6' x 9' atlas. Below, I'm standing with Gordon with a single page from the book. Unfortunately, the photo does not do justice to either the map quality or the size. Gordon had only this single page to display but explained that the entire edition weights 200 kg and costs $100,000. The print run was only 31 copies and he is looking at placing the book in various libraries around the world. The edition was printed in Italy and bounded separately in China and a steel bound.
While he could only explain its massiveness, Gordon did bring the "Gold" edition, nine times smaller but breathtaking in color, visualization, map quality and "immersiveness." The Gold edition would be truly sufficient for an experience that places the viewer inside the photos and maps. The clarity of color and size of the images made the maps and photos jump off the pages. This edition would be a fantastic tool for students and teachers learning geopolitics, economics, and military tactics.