As my presence on here may imply, I am creating a story, and am currently working on the worldbuilding side of operations. One of the things I am trying to do is get a good map going, as my brain is very spatially-oriented. The story takes place during the late Cretaceous, so I already have a map I am running with (or at least, one that seems accurate enough and anything missing its mark I can chalk up to artistic license).
I have 2 projections of this map that I have found on the internet: your standard rectangular projection, and one that, from my somewhat limited attempts at research, appears to be a McBryde projection. Using the program G.Projector created by NASA, I punched in some numbers that felt right (very scientific I know) and I have what looks like a spiffing globe.
I am aware that I can use these two projections I have already, but each has its drawbacks: Rectangular - this is the one you hear get a lot of flak for not being scaled properly. Spoiler alert, this is totally justified. Dinosaur Antarctica looks like a massive wall on the southern edge of the planet. However, this is a very neat and clean format, it gets the job done... mostly. McBryde - as with many projections, the equator suffers the least. As for everything else, it's squished to oblivion and you feel like it's trying to play the part of both a globe and a map, but lacking the reorientability of a three-dimensional object, or the usefulness, or the navigability of a map in the more streme regions of the north and south.
My query to you, good people of the Interwebs and fellow Tolkien wannabes, then, is of the innumerable projection possibilities given to me by the good folks of NASA via their troglodyte-friendly G.Projector software (although I don't really know what half the buttons do yet), which ones have you found to be most effective at visualizing the space (heh) of your world? It is not required, but a rundown of the distortions, pros, cons, other uses, etc would be greatly appreciated as well.
Thanks, and sallamaka al-lahu wa-nasaraka
Note: it does not have to be confined to G.Projector's (freaking massive but maybe not complete I'm not sure) library of projection varieties. I have proficiency in Blender, and if push comes to bulldoze I can whip up some UVs on a sphere and be jacked up and good to go should the need arise.