by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti

Atlas of the Invisible

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‘For centuries, atlases depicted what people could see: roads, rivers, mountains. Today, we need graphics to reveal the invisible patterns that shape our lives. Atlas of the Invisible is an ode to the unseen, to a world of information that cannot be conveyed through text or numbers alone.’

Our reality rests on an invisible world of data, one that grows with nearly everything we do. The traces are all around us.

Transforming enormous datasets into rich maps and visualizations, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti explore these hidden patterns in human society. With their joyfully inquisitive approach, Cheshire and Uberti investigate happiness levels around the globe, track the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us, examine the concealed scars of geopolitics and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj.

Filled with surprising facts and beautifully designed graphics, Atlas of the Invisible invites readers to revel in the secrets of a newly visible world.

216 pages
Published in 2021

About the Authors

James Cheshire

James is Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography at the UCL Department of Geography. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed books London: The Information Capital, Where the Animals Go and Atlas of the Invisible. In recognition of his pioneering work, James has been the recipient of a number of major awards from the Royal Geographical Society, The North American Cartographic Information Society and British Cartographic Society. He was President of the Society of Cartographers between 2017 and 2019.

Oliver Uberti

Oliver Uberti is the co-author and designer of three critically-acclaimed books of maps and graphics that each won the top British Cartographic Society Award for cartographic excellence: Atlas of the Invisible, Where the Animals Go and London: The Information Capital. He is also the co-editor and designer of Notes from a Public Typewriter, a 2019 Michigan Notable Book. Previously, Oliver was a former senior design editor for National Geographic. From his studio in Los Angeles, he continues to help scientists translate their research into memorable visuals. He has designed figures for a range of high-profile academics, including geneticist David Reich and his bestseller Who We Are and How We Got Here.