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Dymaxion Map 

The March 1, 1943 issue of Life magazine included one of publishing’s more intriguing fold-outs; the first example of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map. Less outlandish today, in an age of Feltron and infographic overload, Fuller’s fold-out projection was an outlier that raised serious philosophical and political points. With no fixed direction and less distortion than then-current maps, the Dymaxion Map sought to do away with judgements based on size and position, and make the underlying point that we’re all together on spaceship Earth. Fuller deliberately presented humanity as “one island, in one ocean,” so we could better face our common problems together.  

Photo by Mirko Tobias Schaefer, Creative Commons  Photo 6 of 9 in Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller