Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thoughts Provoked By a Map

A recent Columbus downtown visit had me in the lobby of the new non-profit development agency, JobsOhio.

Their lobby, besides having an overlook of the Statehouse from 150 feet up, has a really, really, really cool map.

Lots of thought-provoking things struck me.

For one, the map has 88 counties.  That's ironic seeing how JobsOhio has six regions, tending to forgoe the 88-county model.  Of course, the county names aren't on the map so there you go.

I inquired about the bumps.  The answer I got was that it shows population density.  Ok.  "Glad Licking County's bump looks noteworthy," I thought to myself forgetting that few people looking at the map would be able to tell where Licking County was on the map anyway.

I had to touch it.  I touched Darke County, for the record. 

The touch showed it was a foam material.  That caused someone to explain that the piece was created out of a 3D printing technology.  Hopefully from a company in Ohio, I thought.

Lastly, another thought struck me.  My son, John, loves map.  I can't show him this.  He'd want one too.  I can't blame him, though.  So do I.

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