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Best Map Award

Best Map of 2020

A tourist map of Xi’an: combining historical city characteristics with art

Min Weng, Xiaoyan Song, Lingqi Wang, Huan Xie, Ping Zhang, Shiliang Su & Mengjun Kang

Journal of Maps, Volume 16, 2020 - Issue 1
Published online: 19 Nov 2020

It is with great pleasure that we announce "A tourist map of Xi’an: combining historical city characteristics with art" has been awarded our "Best Map" of 2020. We had an excellent range of maps submitted this year that were diverse and innovative. As a result they generated much discussion among the awards panel.

The map presented in this paper proposes improving functionality and artistry in tourist mapping, using Xi'an in China as a study case. The map particularly impressed due to its use of artistic characteristics to tell the spatial narrative, including variable scales, topological optimization, hand-painted symbols and colors extracted from the architecture of the city of Xi'an. It is a worthy winner.


Front page of a tourist map of Xi’an combining historical city characteristics with art
A tourist map of Xi’an combining historical city characteristics with art
Journal of Maps journal cover

The History of the Best Map Award

As Journal of Maps has grown since it was first published in 2005 we have established a growing back catalogue of articles, with maps covering many countries and, indeed, planets. From 2008 we have initiated a “Best Map” award to be presented to the single best contribution to the journal in the year it was published. Contributions are judged upon both their academic content and cartographic quality. It is neither the best academic paper nor the best designed map, but a combination of qualities from both areas. The winners of the award will, where financially and technically feasible, see their map published as part of a limited 200 copy print run which will be made available for sale “at cost”.

Please see as follows for the most recent winner of the Best Map Award, and each winning map since the award's inception.


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