London based data-visualization consultant Jason Davies put together an impressive site that animates many common and uncommon map projections. For those uninitiated to map geekery, projections attempt to solve the flattening an orange peel issue, representing a 3 dimensional object on a 2 dimensional surface. Flattening the earth results in portions of it skewing. Projections account for the skew in different ways, sacrificing size, shape, and layout in various combinations to represent certain aspects of the globe. The beauty of Davies' animations is that they make the skew of the earth obvious as the globe rotates. See some of our favorite projections below!