About the Book
When a significant number of Americans cannot locate New York City on a U.S. map or name the country that borders us to the south, there's a big problem. And this problem will leave us unprepared for an increasingly competitive and global future.
Contextus explores the world through a spatial lens and shows that geography is much more than just points on a map. Geography is history, its politics, its economics, its dozens of other interconnected fields of study. Contextus gives people the tools to see these connections and find answers to their questions for themselves, which makes for a more active and engaging learning experience. By providing more insight to an answer rather than just hard facts, the user is learning through the medium, not just the message.
Geography is a soft science, subjective and open to interpretation. Contextus celebrates that and creates a forum for people to engage in healthy debate and intelligent discussion.
Christopher Cannon is the senior designer on Bloomberg’s Visual Data team. He helps create the visual standards, UI design and product ideas for a variety of interactive data visualizations and infographics that utilize Bloomberg data. A graduate of the School of Visual Art’s Interaction Design MFA program, Chris is able to now combine his interests of visual, interaction and product design for his current job. His work has been recognized by The Webby Awards, How, Print, Communication Arts, The Type Directors Club and has been featured in Wired, Fast Company and Business Insider. Chris lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and son. He loves maps, Pantone Orange 021 and loud ugly music.