A simplified map at the store - what's the message behing such design?

Here is a description and missing parts of the map:

  • Italy is squeezed but the reason is a bold line used to sketch up the map
  • both Malaysia and Indonesia are missing (the area bigger than UK or Ireland which are on the map)
  • Japan's not there even if its size is bigger then UK's (377,944 compared to 243,610 km²)
  • Greenland and Iceland are missing
  • the islands in the Central America (Caribbean) are missing
  • New Zealand is missing (and Tasmania as well)

The map raises several design related questions. What is the purpose of this map anyway. To communicate that the aisle contains international wines? Does it do a great job? Maybe the missing countries don't produce wine. Well Japan does. And New Zealand does. Maybe the store does not sell wines from missing countries. What is the message of this map ....?!?

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Larry on :

Maybe it's just a mistake.

mkljun on :

More than a mistake, why the designer opted for such a simplified version of the map? What was her/his intentions?

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