So many a day at school went by with us poring over maps, and each of us did so for our own reasons and expectations. But one thing was sure, we found maps fascinating – they grabbed our attention like possibly no other genre of graphic or statistic. Once school was over and our quest began to reach out to the world (in more ways than one!) we took to city maps, street maps, and now, Google maps. Thanks to our lifestyle, curiosity, and technology, never before have so many maps been used, and by so many each day! And yet, we think so little about the actual art of map-creation, or for that matter, of the map-creators.
Cartography – the specialized field of creating maps – has come a long way since the first map was etched on a clay tablet way back in 2300 BC by the Babylonians, in what is now modern day Iraq. Over years, and supported in no small measure by evolving technologies, cartography has developed into a science that helps us understand our environment, check distances, and plan journeys effectively.
When it comes to the world of DK, Cartography is an indispensable part of the key- (no pun intended) team, especially when it comes to the DK Travel guides. These much loved and delightful books use maps strategically and artfully to convey large amounts of spatial information accurately despite constraints of space. On 30th June, the in-house DK Cartography team, as the Team-in-Focus (an initiative by the Inter-Department Communication Group), threw open their world for the rest of DK India to see, understand, and appreciate. And boy, were they successful! From historical timelines charting map-making, to detailed DK India workflows and processes, to fun map activities and games (and prizes!), there was so much to learn and enjoy. The Cartography team even created a map for all of us foodies, which showcases the eateries in and around our office. Now no getting lost while seeking places to satiate lunch-time cravings.
Here are some pictures of the event...
DK India thanks Shikha Kulkarni from the Travel Department for the write-up.