Narukawa's AuthaGraph World Map, which he unveiled in 2016, won the coveted Grand Award of Japan's Good Design Award competition, beating out over 1,000 entries in a variety of categories. His map overcame 2D distortions by angling continents in a way that accurately displays both their relative sizes and the distances between them. The Good Design Award describes Narukawa's AuthaGraph as faithfully representing "all oceans [and] continents, including the neglected Antarctica," and says the map is "an advanced precise perspective of our planet."
The rectangular map can be folded into both a sphere and a tetrahedron, and is already used in Japanese text books, according to Mental Floss. Learn more about the AuthaGraph, and the science of mapping, below.