Global maps are custom map illustrations. We make them with custom colors and terrain images. To customize a globe image, we add clouds or ocean currents.
With clouds and other special effects, this illustration is a variation on the typical earth-sphere image. The image used Adobe Illustrator’s 3D effect to wrap a conventional map projection around a sphere, an SVG filter, and vector bristle brushes to create the clouds.
This trick projection shows both hemispheres as though they were on the same side of the globe. It’s been used in print and on the web.