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The Cancer Atlas

Contributed by Lizania Cruz on Jun 24th, 2015. Artwork published in
December 2014
The Cancer Atlas 1
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The 136-page book is comprised of nearly 100 insets and 44 choropleth-coded maps illustrating global data. The visual voice was inspired by academic quarterly publications; sophisticated but digestible, with a color palette inspired by tissue and cell photography. Circles are used as a consistent throughline, to represent the cellular and global levels that cancer strikes.

Visual hierarchy allows skimming and browsing, while details invite careful reading. The left column is used as a brief summary of the chapter; numbered indicators in the body copy point readers to the insets for the deeper story.

The Cancer Atlas 2
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The Cancer Atlas 3
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The Cancer Atlas 4
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The Cancer Atlas 5
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The Cancer Atlas 6
Source: Photo: Lizania Cruz. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Lizania Cruz.


  • Copernicus
  • Polaris
  • Polaris Condensed
  • Chartwell




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4 Comments on “The Cancer Atlas

  1. Those were good times when this font still worked. Unfortunately, the monopolist has decided to suspend the reprogramming at the expense of its customers.

  2. You talking about Chartwell, yes? I’m happy to report that this extraordinary font series has been moved back to the designer’s own label, and is now available from Vectro. I’ve just updated our font bio.

  3. Yes, thank you, Mr Hardwig! I can only hope that the designer has made this font compatible for ‘macOS Ventura’ 13.3.1 and will replace my version that doesn’t work on it.

    On the other hand, I allow myself the irony of putting this type of procedure under exactly this article, which reports on cancerous growths.

    Regarding the Beowolf, they has told me more than a year ago that it will happen as you described above with reference to the font named ‘Chartwell’: nothing has happened since then.

  4. Beowolf is another typeface that was originally released with FontFont, and was recently – just last week – reissued on the designer’s own label, LettError. It is now named LTR Beowolf. The reengineered fonts come in four different degrees of randomisation. I don’t know the conditions for an upgrade of an existing license. LettError writes:

    Rest assured, the licenses sold by FontShop, Monotype and MyFonts will continue to be valid, under whatever conditions are spelled out in the original license. However, if you need to change or update such a license, you have to direct your questions to LettError Type.

    Hope this helps!

  5. Strange that this is happening right now, as I write about it.

    I once criticized the old font file named ‘Beowolf’ because it had bad kerning. But thanks for the link!

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