So, I was listening to NPR the other day I learned about World Mapper. This guy, Mark Neuman, and his team of super nerds have come up with an alternative mapping method which re-sizes areas on a map according to a certain subject of interest.
For example, here is the normal election map that is sectioned out by state:
This map can seem somewhat skewed because it seems like, due to visibility alone, that Montana would have more influence over New York because it appears larger on the map. However, New York has more electoral votes because of the larger population, which this map doesn't show.
Check out Mark's alternate version:
Freakin' cool! The areas are skewed to properly show how much influence each red or blue state has.
More maps can be found on World Mapper and they are all pretty awesome.