map projection types - a guide to the various ways to project maps

50 Map Projections Types

If you’re in need of a visual reference guide to the various map projection types… Then, look no further.

Because we’ve pumped out a goldmine of the top 50 global map projections used by cartographers.

From Aitoff to Winkel, these map projections are your blueprint to designing captivating cartographic masterpieces.

Because it’s all about the audience… Let’s map with authority and dig right into the BIG LIST of map projections.

A Visual Reference Guide

Scroll down to see all 50 map projection examples. What’s your favorite? Which ones have you used in your maps?

1 Aitoff
2 Azimuthal Equidistant
azimuthal equidistant
3 Behrmann
4 Berghaus Star AAG
berghaus star aag
5 Bonne
6 Cassini
7 Compact Miller
compact miller
8 Craster Parabolic
craster parabolic
9 Cube
10 Cylindrical Equal Area
cylindrical equal area
11 Eckert-1
12 Eckert-2
13 Eckert-3
14 Equidistant Conic
equidistant conic
15 Equidistant Cylindrical
equidistant cylindrical
16 Equidistant Cylindrical ARC System
equidistant cylindrical arc system
17 Flat Polar Quartic
flat polar quartic
18 Fuller
19 Gall Stereographic
gall stereographic
20 Goode Homolosine Land
goode homolosine land
21 Goode Homolosine Ocean
goode homolosine ocean
22 Hammer Aitoff
hammer aitoff
23 Hotine
24 Loximuthal
25 Mercator
26 Miller Cylindrical
miller cylindrical
27 Mollweide
28 Natural Earth
natural earth
29 North Pole Gnomonic
north pole gnomonic
30 North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area
north pole lambert azimuthal equal area
31 North Pole Orthographic
north pole orthographic
32 NSIDC EASE Grid Global
NSIDC EASE Grid Global
33 Patterson
34 Plate Caree
plate caree
35 Polyconic
36 Quartic Authalic
quartic authalic
37 Robinson
38 Sinusoidal
39 South Pole Azimuthal Equidistant
south pole azimuthal equidistant
40 South Pole Stereographic
south pole stereographic
41 Space
earth from space
42 Stereographic
43 Times
44 Two-point Equidistant
two-point equidistant
45 Van der Grinten
van der grinten
46 Vertical Perspective
vertical perspective
47 Wagner
48 Wagner-2
49 Winkel-1
50 Winkel Tripel
winkel tripel

Types of Map Projections

Now that you have an arsenal of map projections, it’s time to put what you know into action.

Take a fresh approach to your next map…

Because there’s nothing quite like creating a work of art.

So which map projection suits your needs most?

Additional Resources

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  1. I would’ve liked a map that flipped the placement of the Americas with the placement of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Otherwise, these were super interetsing.

  2. Great collection! How about Equal Earth and Spillhaus? Makes a round 52, “A map a week keeps the cobwebs away”

  3. For learning, it is never too late. I feel like a child who got a doll to play with. Looking at maps is my favourite hobby, feel that this site information will enhance my interest and knowledge.

  4. This is an interesting collection. I think it adds about 40 to the number of variants that I delt with over 30 years and schools in Alberta, Queensland, West Autralia and university Geography departments in Minnesota and Washington State.
    However I was introduced to the one I liked most in 1957. It was a book that displayed great circle portions of the world. It came from WW2 Strategic Bombing planning.

    It gave a perspective that gave meaning to the curvature of the earth.

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