I love all the new ways you can easily discover map art work and gadgets, such as Pinterest. I found this Underground Alphabet there, the source I could track it down to is the Tumblr page This isn’t Happiness. And what are the odds, it turned out to be mentioned on Brainpickings, one of my favourite blogs. The artist is London-based designer and illustrator Tim Fishlock.
Are you ready to see the city from another angle? The project ‘Here & There‘ by BERG London is just what you need. By combining a viewpoint from the air plus one standing on the street, this gives you Manhattan in a totally new dimension. An impressive one, if you ask me. There were limited prints available for sale, when Here & There was presented in 2009. Since February 2012 Here & There is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Amazing. amazing. amazing. amazing. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love this project. The geometrical shapes, the materials, and obviously the map that is the story behind the jewellery. We’re talking Meshu here.
Meshu is a project by Sha Hwang and Rachel Binx, who both are very creative and work in the field of data visualisation. Meshu’s are all custom-made, 3D-printed or laser-cut and you can order earrings, necklaces or cufflinks. The geometrical shapes are based on locations on a map. You can either order a Meshu from the shop or create your own, based on your recent travels, or maybe consisting of your favourite spots in your hometown. With an ordered Meshu, you receive a postcard with the cartography of the design. This excites me so much, I might even stay in with this beautiful weather and create Meshu’s all day. Wow!
London presented in a very nice and attractive way: these hand drawn maps by Jenni Sparks definetely do the trick. The hand drawn map is based on the Tube Map, and shows in addition streets, landmarks, museums etc. Besides that, Sparks included some local elements to make sure the map captures the real London. Love it!
When we talk maps, there is always the perception issue: who determines what is on a map and what is not? Well, here we have a map project focusing on precisely that. These maps by Carlos Romo Melgar from Madrid are an automapping project: cartography of someone’s personal world. You will immediately see the ressemblance with a medieval Mappa Mundi. Only in these Cosmographies it is not a monk reflecting on the world, but a metropolitan.
As Carlos puts it: “Nowadays we are surrounded by maps (exact and geographical maps), which sometimes have informations we don’t really need to get guided through a city. Cosmographies are a sort of record or archive of personal facts and experiences. The center of that cosmos is the person who looks around himself, and represents what he sees, through his past experiences. I find that is a different way to approach to a city, by the irrelevant opinions instead of the stablished facts from an authority.”
Check his website
, you can also buy the Cosmographies
there (contact Carlos through e-mail). To top it off, he even makes tailor made maps, to make sure the cosmography reflects your own experiences in a city. Carlos: “I usually talk to the client, and ask for their experiences. From several interviews I get the facts which I represent on the maps.” Well, tailor made or not, looking at these makes me want to go back to Madrid instantly. What a great way to portray a city!
detail of his Mappa Mundi
Etsy.com is really filled with cool map items. Look at these great iPhone cases, love them! Do you too? Check ‘m here.
So, I stumbled upon this map on Pinterest, a cool Mondrian style world map. It was posted on a blog called College Life DIY by Vanessa. And I am so happy she did because it let me to the site of ArtPause. It just won’t get much better than this site… Jawdropping map designs all over the place. Yay! I will only post two here, please go their Etsy site to see all of there amazing prints.
This is not the Tube Map you normally see of London. On this one you can see what stops are accessible for wheelchairs and how many aren’t because of steps. Looks like a whole part of town is quite hard to reach, to put it mildly.
This is a pretty cool tip! June Caravel, a London based A Cappella singer from France, made a song about London consisting of words present in over 50 street names of the city. London Song is a witty song featuring the street names in the clip also. What I like most is the map showing all different locations June went to film the different parts in the clip. Awesome! Check out this singer on her website to learn more about June and her music.
I blogged about a cool map wallet before, and recently a friend emailed me about a new one. This is a wallet I would love to pull out of my bag, even in a business meeting. Nice design, with an even nicer map detail of downtown Berlin. It is called the Millionär and is a design by the German brand Tausche. The Millionär is available in black/gold, red/gold, olive and ivory. And great news: Tausche has a webshop!