On Minimalistic Maps

Mapping Population Density in the Philippines

We take a break and try to plot some cool minimalistic plots of population density in the Philippines.

TJ Palanca


May 1, 2017

1 Minimalistic maps

Taking the idea from the Population Lines Print by Spatial.ly / Dr James Cheshire, we plot local population density maps for the Philippines in the same style. The data is taken from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

2 Philippine population density maps

Fortunately, the process was relatively straightforward and it was not difficult to produce the same cool faux-3D population peak effect with a bit of data wrangling and good old ggplot2. Here are some I’ve produced for key Philippine metropolitan areas and my home region Bicol.

3 Reproducibility

Here are the notebooks containing the code, results, and commentary behind the post. You may download the resulting code and run it yourself, provided:

  • You have to download the population density maps on your own access rights, and
  • You agree that this is provided as-is and with no warranty.

You may also view the GitHub Repository here for the complete code and analysis that went into this post.


BibTeX citation:
  author = {TJ Palanca},
  title = {On {Minimalistic} {Maps}},
  date = {2017-05-01},
  url = {https://tjpalanca.com/on-minimalistic-maps.html},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
TJ Palanca. 2017. “On Minimalistic Maps.” May 1, 2017. https://tjpalanca.com/on-minimalistic-maps.html.