Norton's Star Atlas
Penguin Press, 2004
Since its first publication in 1910, Norton’s Star Atlas has helped generations of star-gazers navigate the visible universe. Novices and professional astronomers alike turn to this guide because of its unique star maps, which divide the night sky into 16 sections called gores. The printing of the twentieth edition of this venerable handbook was an occasion worthy of a total overhaul of its design. I was hired to redesign the 16 star maps. Using computer generated plots as a guide, I updated the maps star by star. The new design pays homage to the rich history of the book with a design inspired by classic cartography, while bringing the maps into the present with improved legibility and clarity.