Think Globally: Worldmapper
Worldmapper, a project at Sheffield University, has published over 170 maps that really bend perceptions about the world we live in. They draw nations based on statistical data and morphs the size according to the variable being mapped. The maps presented on their website are equal area cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. In a New Scientist article, cartographers Danny Dorling and Anna Barford said, "At first glance, people are shocked by them: the shapes look familiar, yet everything is absurdly distorted. Without even thinking, they have learned something about the world they live in."
More Worldmapper in the news here.
Above is the map of wealth growth. Click to enlarge.