UN flag map recreated with d3 and React Simple Maps

In 2020 the UN celebrated its 75th anniversary. Since the challenge of day 5 of the #30daymapchallenge was to create a "blue" map, we decided to recreate the probably most famous map-based logo in the world using d3 and react-simple-maps.

This map recreation is based on the well-known and widely used flag version of the logo in blue and white. It uses an Azimuthal Equidistant projection with five concentric circles, based on a graticule in 30° (latitude) and 45° (longitude) steps. The map extends to 60° south latitude as per the original emblem specs.

We also used the official colours, a white map and graticule against a light blue background (set in Pantone PMS 279).

The original UN logo was created by a team of designers during the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945. The design team was led by Oliver Lincoln Lundquist.

You can read more about the UN emblem story and UN flag specs.

Data sources

Information about the logo was taken from UN.org

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