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  Dymaxion Map Dymaxion-like conformal projection
Creator Buckminster Fuller (1943) Daniel »daan« Strebe, Buckminster Fuller, Oscar S. Adams, L.P. Lee (1943 / 2019)
Group Polyhedral Polyhedral
Property Compromise Conformal
Other Names
  • Fuller Projection
  • Airocean World Map
Remarks A compromise projection onto the surface of an icosahedron, which results in comparatively low angular and areal distortions.

See Four conformal polyhedric projections and more.

Note: At the end of 2019, the first version of this image was replaced by an improved one.
Arrangement by Buckminster Fuller in 1943. Fuller’s projection was not conformal. Mathematical work on conformal projections for regular polyhedra largely originated with Oscar S. Adams from 1925 and onward. L.P. Lee greatly expanded upon and regularized the mathematics in 1976. This application of conformal developments to Fuller’s arrangement is by Daniel “daan” Strebe in 2019.
recommended comparisons Dymaxion-like conformal Dymaxion Map
This pairing is among the list of recommended pairings – but why?
The Dymaxion-like projection is a conformal application of the original compromising arrangement.

1. Comparison: Physical Map

Dymaxion Map
Dymaxion Map
Dymaxion-like conformal projection
Dymaxion-like conformal projection

2. Comparison: Silhouette Map

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Dymaxion Map Silhouette Map
Dymaxion-like conformal projection Silhouette Map

3. Comparison: Tissot Indicatrix, 30°

Dymaxion Map
Dymaxion Map Tissot Indicatrix
Dymaxion-like conformal projection
Dymaxion-like conformal projection Tissot Indicatrix

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