Maps Matter
Jeffrey Albert and Shari Motro
Drafters of the Oslo Interim Agreement wrestled over the nuances and implications of the terms they used, but the map that accompanied their tome of legalese flouted basic principles of visual persuasion. The "Swiss cheese map," as it came to be known, presented an incomplete and frightening image of disconnected Palestinian islands in a sea of Israeli control, clearly contradicting the message that negotiators wanted to send regarding Oslo¹s staged approach to peace. Unfortunately, the Geneva Initiative¹s materials reveal similar inattention. This workshop will introduce information design guidelines critical to interpreting and producing peace maps. A slide show comparing official Interim Agreement and Geneva Initiative maps with politically-motivated alternatives will be followed by a group discussion.


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