Minimal Maps by Michael Pecirno Will Change How You View The United States

By Unknown → Thursday, June 18, 2015
Michael Pecirno
Michael Pecirno is a multi-disciplinary designer based out of London, England. Originally trained as an architect and later working as an art director, his practice focusses on storytelling through visual and built experiences. This work crosses the boundaries of traditional design disciplines in order to create enriched objects, spaces, and ideas through research.
Michael Pecirno completed his undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing his M.A. from the Royal College of Art's Information Experience Design Programme. He has been an invited research fellow and scholarship recipient at multiple institutions, including the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Archeworks School of Design.

Michael's work and writing has been featured in numerous places, including: Wired Magazine, Fast Company Design, Gizmodo, The Washington Post, The Venice Biennale's Spontaneous Interventions Travelling Exhibit, Proximity Magazine, and numerous other spaces and publications.

Minimal Maps is an ongoing project that explores how richly-detailed single subject maps can give us new imagery to understand our landscape. The data is accurate for the year 2014 and explores the American (lower 48 states) landscape as a whole entity. The project is a continuation of the work began in 2012 while at Archework's Chicago Expander Workshops, where I was a research fellow.

The data provided by the USDA is incredible and includes a tremendous wealth of information that makes up the composition of America. By pulling this data and extrapolating specific categories I've been able to produce a number of unique and explicit maps that aim to push us away from the ubiquitous and low-resolution (regarding information content) physical and political map. - Michael Pecirno

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