Why we love it
When you overlay high-resolution aerial imagery from the pitches of 92 professional football clubs in England and Wales, you get a mesmerizing spirographic pattern. This map shows us the fascinating juxtaposition of playing surface dimensions and ranks them in a league table of pitch (field) size along with the stadium plans. We love how the super large-scale blurs the line between traditional map and infographic.
Why it works
The cartography grabs your attention with its innovation—part of the secret behind any successful map. Because this map deals with something familiar, it can be daring in how the subject is represented. It speaks to the interested, inquisitive lover of football. This map works because it demonstrates mapped data as something artistic, graphic, and fascinating in its own right—even outside its usual spatial context.
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