Some interesting maps have been doing the rounds recently using names as a proportional, locative symbol. This is work I've been involved in over the last few years with our map of Irish surnames but James Cheshire at UCL has done a great job with his typographic map of US surnames. The map will be published in a forthcoming National Geographic. James has also done a similar map exploring London's surnames . This work is well worth a look and illustrates how applying some simple cartographic design can create an interesting, informative and attention-grabbing map.
Fictional Maps International Conference
The Fictional Maps International Conference, an academic conference on the use of maps in fiction, will take place from January 21 to 23, 2016 at the Univers...