Maps are a visually engaging and often compelling way to communicate with data. There does seem to be a divide however, among the data visualization community on if dark or light themes are more effective. Below I've compiled a map with both light and dark themes to compare and contrast their effect on your visual perception of the data.
So the question is, which one speaks to you?
- Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic has a great post on the considerations when using dark backgrounds
- Stephen Few's thoughts on background options
- Rochelle King has a great TED Talk about how they came to use a dark background for both Spotify and Netflix