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Poster (format B2 50X70cm) dedicated to the International Map Year 2015-2016

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The Logo of the Commission is the transformation of a gore map from the original rectangular coordinates into corresponding polar coordinates.

It is shown that the result of this transformation is a cartography-related imaginary flower close to the shape of the Asteraceae family's daisy or sunflower

Warning! Because in this Commission it is not needed to ask What the Daisy Said as Martha* and Millie* did in the homonymus D. W. Griffith's short (1910). But, if you still insist to ask, then start to pluck the petals asking first "loves me not?" to get the right final answer!
*Martha played by Mary Pickford and Millie by Gertrude Robinson

How the daisy map was shaped?


The gore map

The gore map from rectangular to polar


The daisy map - the Commission's logo

Do not pluck the daisy's petals because without doubts!

The map gore used for the design of the Commission's logo is due to the Greek type setter and typographer of Thessaloniki, Sotiris ZISIS (1902-1989), an amateur cartographer and self-trained map and globe maker, better known as a local folk painter. From the mid-1930s Zisis started a part-time job in preparing hand made globes for schools as well as maps; the first for living and the second for pleasure. His activity in map and globe making continued until the early-1960s. During the years of his cartographic activity, in his home workshop, he produced with the assistance of his two daughters more than 1000 hand-made globes, in three sizes, which were distributed by the major bookshops of Athens. His life work, in the early fifties, was an analogue astronomic apparatus simulating -with the use of bicycle chain mechanisms- the rotation of the Earth around the Sun and its illumination. He applied the theory reading the encyclopaedia and designed all mechanisms by himself and getting for this a state patent. A book about Sotiris Zisis life, cartographic work and globe making was edited in Greek language by E. Livieratos in 2004 (ISBN 960-7999-15-0).