James Madison University
CC Diagram

To boldly map what no one has mapped before

Typically distance is measured in physical units such as miles or centimeters.  Constructed cartography, in contrast, is a way of depicting how “close” or “far apart” things are from one another in a nontraditional, but functional, way that has nothing to do with physical locations.  Constructed cartography results from “functional distances” between objects based on relationships those objects share; in constructed cartography, objects sharing similar relationships are viewed as close together and objects with dissimilar relationships are viewed as far apart from one another.