Projection Unveiled at
Premiere Geography Convention
For immediate release:
Contact Kate Larson - 800-736-1293, (Email:
An alternative view of the world was unveiled at the
National Council for Geographic Education conference on
October 16-19, 2002 in Philadelphia, PA (
Every educator at the event received a copy of the new
Hobo-Dyer Projection map.
The new map is the result of collaboration among leading
cartographers, radical designers, graphic artists, and
organization development consultants. Published by ODT, Inc.
of Amherst, MA the new Hobo-Dyer map is on-line at
While the purpose of most maps is to pursue some sort of
an agenda, the purpose of the new Hobo-Dyer is to inform the
public that every map HAS a hidden agenda. The Hobo-Dyer is
an Equal-Area map, like the Peters map that was featured on
the hit TV show, West Wing, last year. On West Wing, a
fictional group, Cartographers for Social Equality, “freaked
out” President Bartlet’s press secretary, C.J. Craig, by
flipping the world upside-down and putting south on top.
The Hobo-Dyer map does this one better! Not only is south
on top, but the map is centered on the Pacific Ocean. The
Hobo-Dyer map is printed on both sides: It is south-up with
Australia in the center on one side, with the more
traditional north-up (and Africa-centered) on the other.
Both images are exactly the same, but side-by-side you can
hardly believe it!
Workshops in Philadelphia on the Hobo-Dyer map were lead
by Ward Kaiser, Dr. Denis Wood, and Dr. Bob Abramms. Session
topics included: Thinking About Maps as Propositions Instead
of Representations; Maps As Icons; Where is the Center of
Your Earth?, and How To See Through Maps. The last workshop,
presented by Kaiser and Wood, challenged teachers to
question their assumptions about cartography, as well as
images and representations of all kinds.
Kaiser and Wood worked for two years to create a
remarkable new book, Seeing Through Maps: The Power of
Images to Shape Our World View, published by ODT less
than year ago.
LOOK at a map? We do it all the time. But to SEE THROUGH
a map, and discover its silent assumptions? That's a whole
other task. And much more rewarding.