Eric Fischer creates an urban geography of free speech and communication, using mapping data to represent cities in an imaginative graphical way. Check his flickr for methods of mapping where he uses tourist vs local, race and ethnicity, or geotagging from mobile devices.
Larrisa Fassler’s work uses different conventions of maquettes, plans, sections, elevation and projections to map the most banal and unimaginative areas through the practices of every day life. She also aims to undermine the rationality of architectural measure by re-working units of data with of length and height with “number of footsteps” or “me+arm+hand”. Fassler maps cities into new systems of connections and networks that trace relationships rather than geographical location, to emphasize topological over topographical information
517 - The Best of States, the Worst of States
The distortion on these maps is not of the distance-bending or surface-stretching kind. It merely substitutes the names of US states with statistical information relevant to each of them (2). This substitution is non-quantitative, affecting the toponymy rather than the topography of the map. So is this a mere infographic? As the information presented is statistical (each label describes each state as first or last in a Top 50), I’d say this is - if you’ll excuse the pun - a borderline case.