Why It Works
Emotion is what drives great cartography. When a map made in 2014 reminds you of your grade school wall atlas, you know it has transcended the informational realm of most modern maps and entered the emotional realm. The shapes that form the background come from the USDA CropScape database, but look hand-drawn. The massive USGS Mineral Resources data is filtered to show a reasonable amount of points that are nicely distributed using Esri’s cartographic representation.