This year, the cartographic department at National Geographic celebrates its 100th anniversary. And this write-up by Cathy Newman, and its choice image selections, is one of the more fascinating things you'll read this week. Especially for lovers of graphics and all things travel.
The piece details the shift from analog to satellite to digital technology, the ever-fickleness of boundaries, and the invention of the National Geographic's custom type faces, and serves as a great reminder of how totally cool paper maps are.
100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where [NationalGeographic.com]