With an Irreverent Look at the World, Mapping Stereotypes

With an Irreverent Look at the World, Mapping Stereotypes

Image from Atlas of Prejudice, Vol. 1, by Yanko Tsvetkov. For prints: http://alphadesigner.com/art-store/usa-according-to-common-sense-print/

You may have seen this image appear in your Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or other social media streams — or similar ones, mapping Europe, Northern America and the World in a funny, uncensored manner.

Image from Atlas of Prejudice, Vol. 1, by Yanko Tsvetkov. For prints: http://alphadesigner.com/art-store/world-according-to-usa-print/

They’re all part of a popular series of maps designed by Yanko Tsvetkov, a freelance graphic designer who was born in Bulgaria, lives in Spain, writes in English and goes by the moniker Alpha Designer, chosen because “it makes people think what I do is really important.”

And so it is. Maps are among the most common visualizations we use in real life, yet how often do they make us laugh, rather than simply inform? Poke fun at social... keep reading

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