How Well Do You Know Your Sockets?


If one is interested to travel around the world, or just visit another country, then I suggest they take time to look at this map which I consider very helpful for travelers. Wouldn’t it just be important to know the plug sockets in the places you are  going — just so one can “survive”? A little exaggerated you may say, but the people nowadays tend to rely on electronic gadgets for their everyday living.

Looking rather deeply into the map, I have noticed that it contains minimal map objects in it. For one, it doesn’t have a scale. But for its purpose, it is acceptable as this map was not made to compare and discern distances between countries. A direction cross is also something of least importance as the orientation is almost intuitive to anyone who can read maps. They would just consume a considerable amount of space if ever included in the map. The legend is exemplary as it strategically presents information in twofold – a color guide and and a visual representation of the actual socket used. This is better than having the colors paired up with their corresponding sockets in table form.

The title however was not noticeable as it was placed near the legend; it looked as if it was just the “title” of the legend. It does not really call that much attention. Nevertheless, the big legends will tell the map user what the map is really about even without really knowing its title. Although by convention, the legend, similar to inset maps, would usually be about 1/8 the size of the map, it is good to see that this map defies it to achieve further effectiveness and efficiency.

On the other hand, the labeling of the continental regions were not really defined, as the boundaries depicted show the territories of each state – but it is of very minimal importance in this case, as the map is only concerned with identifying the country with its corresponding plug socket.

Visually, the map is satisfactory. It used colors that do not really clash with each other, giving the eye a chance to differentiate among the shades used. They are of equal intensity – no one color outshines the others, giving it equal opportunities for attention.

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2 comments on “How Well Do You Know Your Sockets?

  1. I think this map is indeed interesting, mapping the different sockets in the world would be very helpful for tourists. But again I am looking for the context behind this map. As a social science student, what other things can you attribute to the differences in the kind of electrical sockets in the world.
    The way you commented in this particular map follows the discussion points though I have a separate opinion on the color used. I think the shade of green and forest green is somewhat confusing so I suggest that to improve this, it would be better to use another color different from this shade.
    As regards the use of 2 colors for Brazil, does it mean there are two kinds of socket in this country?

  2. From what I have read, the differences of electrical sockets in the world were merely attributed to the innovations people were trying to make back from the Edison and Tesla days. The third prong in the three-pronged-plug design was made for grounding – now this is something that I can’t explain further due to my acute knowledge of electric flow. Some countries which were already using the two-pronged-plugs already found it difficult to change all their sockets so they just went ahead with what they are using.

    For the greens used, I can agree with you that it could improve the whole map if another color or say, shade combinations, were used.

    And yes, Brazil accepts 2 types of plugs.

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