Accidental map projections
Oops, this isn’t what an azimuthal equidistant map projection is supposed to look like.
I’ve been working (occasionally fighting) with map projections a lot recently, pumping latitude and longitude coordinates through equations that mathemagically shape the world. Occasionally a small error in a projection equation results in an incorrect but fascinating map. So why not try deliberately introducing some errors and see what happens? Here are some maps I created by tossing random modifications into ordinary map projection equations.
Take a simple plate carrée projection, and give it a couple of twists.
Winkel Tripel becomes some sort of beverage vessel.
There’s a certain elegance to this one, an Albers equal area conic projection, also with a couple of twists.
We can also take that a bit further.
Put some ripples in this (very modified) sinusoidal map projection.
My favorite, a warped polyconic projection.
But most of the time, messing with a projection just breaks the world.