UseableArt : Information + Design

Cuban Insurgency Map [cartography]

As long as we’re on the subject of Cuba, here’s a little gem I dug up a few years back: a declassified, hand-annotated map created by the CIA in 1975 complete with what appears to be an assessment of aircraft in major locations, presumably for use by agents being inserted in country.

CIA Cuba MapThis one’s got it all: cartography, data sets, hand annotations… Sure they could have tied all that data together a bit more elegantly but these were the days before Photoshop and Illustrator, and I’m sure they had more pressing matters on their table than beautifying their maps. Regardless, here’s another example of information design that helped make history, then became a small part of it.

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This entry was published on August 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm and is filed under andrew wallerstein, cartography, data ink, espionage, history, illustration, infographics, information design, maps, military, navigation, politics, revolution, travel, usability. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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