Zoey Poll writes at Eye On Design how “For Decades, Cartographers Have Been Hiding Covert Illustrations Inside of Switzerland’s Official Maps”. She argues that these hidden drawings are a kind resistance of Swiss cartographers and their mission to draw as accurate as possible:

These barely-perceptible apparitions aren’t mistakes, but rather illustrations hidden by the official cartographers at Swisstopo in defiance of their mandate “to reconstitute reality.” Maps published by Swisstopo undergo a rigorous proofreading process, so to find an illicit drawing means that the cartographer has outsmarted his colleagues.

(Via Kottke)

Wouter Van Rossem
Wouter Van Rossem

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.