The Map of Humanity

I absolutely love seeing offbeat projects that have been lovingly created with a lot of thought and painstaking detail. One example: The Map of Humanity, in which philosophy, cartography and the human condition meet:

Preview image of the “Map of Humanity”
Click to see the Map of Humanity at a larger size.

SLG Publishing, the store that sells the Map of Humanity, has this to say on the page where you can order it:

This giant 24×36 Map of Humanity by Rex Libris and Nil creator James Turner is printed to order on our 12 color large format printer using archival quality inks. The Map of Humanity is printed on Heavyweight Coated Paper and is suitable for framing. Shipped rolled in a tube. Keep an eye open for paper upgrades. The thumbnail image and even the larger image on this page does not do justice to the work James Turner put into this piece.

The Map of Humanity is available for US$29.95 — you can buy it here.

And now, some close-ups. The northern half of the map is occupied by territories that represent humanity’s virtues. Here’s the “Wisdom” area of the map, located in the northwest. If you look at the large image of the map, you’ll see that the cities on the map are both fictional and real. For instance, the “Aspiration” area contains the Shakespearean Mountains and cities such as Gray Havens, Paris, San Francisco and Montreal:

Close-up of the “Wisdom” area of the Map of Humanity

To the northeast, you have “Reason”, with regions named Copernicus, Leibniz, Descartes, Curie, Elizabeth I, Adam Smith and…Disney?

Close-up of the “Reason” area of the Map of Humanity

Just as Inferno was the most interesting book of The Divine Comedy, the equatorial area and parts south are more interesting. Here’s a map of “Elysium” and its neighbour “Fool’s Paradise”. Here we get a little insight into Map of Humanity creator Justin Turner’s politics, as “Fool’s Paradise” contains an island called “The World State” with place names such as Mustapha Mond Island (he’s from Brave New World), City of Central Planning, Predestination Centre, New Jerusalem and its twin city Anabaptist Munster and Feely Corporation World HQ (“Feely Corporation” is also from Brave New World).

Close-up of the “Elysium” area of the Map of Humanity

Here come the fun, down-and-dirty territories. To the southwest is “Hedonism”, home to regions like Gluttony, Treason, Delusion, Nightmare and Lies; I suppose Karl Rove’s got a summer home here. The province of Aimlessness is also in this area of the map, featuring cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Moscow, Tripoli and one “Hamilton”, although there’s no telling which Hamilton is implied (when I think of “Hamilton”, the first place that comes to mind is Hamilton, Ontario). I think my deadbeat ex-housemate has a permanent home in the region.

Close-up of the “Hedonism” area of the Map of Humanity

And finally, in the southeast, we have “Abomination”, home to Destruction, Vengeance, Wrath, Prejudice and the readership of Free Republic and Canada Free Press:

Close-up of the “Abomination” area of the Map of Humanity

It’s a pretty interesting map. I just might pony up the ducats to get this one.

29 replies on “The Map of Humanity”

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You should also note that the Map Of Humanity creator is James Turner, a local Toronto graphic design artist and comic book illustrator. I think you’d get a kick out of his works: the graphic novel “Nil: The Land Beyond Belief” and his ongoing series “Rex Libris” about an ass-kicking, alien fighting, monster slaying Librarian from Ontario.

With places like the Fortress of Solitude and Santa’s Workshop, I’m finding it hard to believe this map doesn’t contain the famed Island of Misfit Toys and Sea of Despair? Nonetheless, this map is a great piece of art.

Humanité et cartographie métaphorique…

James Turner, graphiste et illustrateur de BD basé à Toronto, a réalisé cette étonnante Carte de l’humanité Joey deVilla. dans un billet sur son blog présente en détail ce travail monumental dans lequel “la philosphie, la cartographie et la …

El mapa de la humanidad…

Espectacular mapa de un mundo imaginario que funde filosofía, cartografía y condición humana dando lugar a una fascinante creación en la que uno podría perderse horas recreándose en sus infinitos detalles. Más que intentarlo explicar, mejor que …


I found Barcelona both in “Reason” and “Wisdom” continents. Why is this?

Thanks in advance


indeed , what a shame
thanks for fuck up russia once again
u forget the land no no the continent of ignorance
then u put urself and all ur american fools there
if something happen dont ask russia for help , never again
cheers ! and good luck with ur propaganda

Not only can you find things twice. I’ve found several douplets on the map and I’ve found Hollywod three times.

I absolutely love this map. It’s kind of a mindblowingly cool idea. My birthday’s next month, and I definitely know what I’m asking for now. 😀

When something has a message this clear, it surpasses art. It advances niceley into propaganda. Geez, Leni Riefenstahl was not even this obvious.

Art should provoke thought, not force your thoughts on others.

Good craftmanship though.

I am agree and not agree with M.Lame.

It’s true, this map it’s quite a propaganda.
But it’s a very interesting map.

Now, I have only one question :

Why Mexico it’s in “Fool’s paradise ? Mexico it’s a pretty city !
So, please. Somebody can find Mexico city in other country for me ?

Goodbye !

Yeah… the moment you put London and New York and all of your Atlantic coast cities on the coast of Wonder and vastly more East European and Asian cities somewhere within Atrocity, Hedonism and Hate, you’ve kind of got to examine your prejudices a bit. This seems to be a big map of an affluent Canadian’s prejudices and stereotypes, and the “map of humanity” seems to ignore most of human history before the 20th Century. And where’s the female population of Reason besides Curie?

I was excited when I first saw a thumbnail of this thing, but now? *wince*.

Mr. Lame and Bremond have a point. Listen to them.

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