All Over the Map. A Cartographic Odyssey is a demonstration of the potential of typefaces with optical sizes. The book utilizes all three subfamilies of Halyard, each of which was purpose built to perform optimally at its intended size.
Halyard Text is used for the body copy. It’s distinguished by large apertures, modulated strokes, and an open spacing optimized for long reading. Halyard Display, in contrast, has compact shapes and a low stroke contrast for maximum impact, making it a prime choice for the striking decks. Halyard Micro appears for the small print, in labels and captions. Thanks to the letters’ wide proportions, strongly tapered joins, and ink traps, text set in the Micro stays crisp and readable even in sizes below 7pt. While starkly different in appearance, when seen together, the Halyard superfamily maintains a consistent personality at their intended size creating the impression of a single type design. This is true not only on screens, but also on paper, as this book impressively shows.
Darden Studio’s sans serif Halyard is paired with the serif Surveyor and its decorative display companion Obsidian by Hoefler & Co., which adorns the cover and the chapter beginnings.
In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller – authors of the National Geographic cartography blog “All Over the Map” – explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps. —National Geographic
The book was designed by Noel Núñez-Caba, Gail Anderson, and Joe Newton at Anderson Newton Design, with creative direction from Melissa Farris.