Neon is the new Black

Cool map alert! These Neon Maps City Posters by Jay Powell might be the perfect map for your living room or office. They are suitable for framing and there are various cities to choose from: Moscow, New York, Melbourne just to name a few. Ah, and countries too! And… if your region/city/country/favourite intersection is not on the list yet, you might just get it by backing the project on Kickstarter! Check it out, you only have 6 days left.

Neon Maps MATC

Neon Maps Liverpool MATC

Neon Maps Santa Barbara MATC

Neon Maps MATC

Neon Maps MATC

Georeferenced Atlas der Neederlanden

As you may know, I work at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam, and I was lucky to get involved with a project called ‘Atlas der Neederlanden’. This atlas is in fact an impressive factice atlas from the collection (nine folios with maps of the Netherlands from several centuries up until approximately 1816, when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was shaped). The maps in the Atlas were restored and they are now on show in an fantastic exhibition, until 9 February 2014. (OK, I’ll stop promoting now).

With this project I also got into georeferencing a little: still quite a new field for me but this website by UvA-researcher Jan Hartmann gives a great idea of the possibilities. The technique behind this website is really far ahead. On the left, you can browse through all the maps in the nine folios of the Atlas der Neederlanden, and on the right you can project the map onto various maps of the Netherlands as we know the country today. You can easily zoom in and out of the various maps on a very high speed. Great way to see how accurate the maps in the Atlas are, or to see how they are oriented. Or: just to marvel at the beauty of these old maps, because they are incredibly pretty.

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SARA-website

MATC loves: Maps by Floor Rieder

Floor Rieder is a Dutch illustrator who creates awesome things and who happens to like & use maps. Good news for us, because now we can share some of her work with you (these shopping maps were published in a special by Dutch newspaper Het Parool, last Saturday). Go Floor!

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Age does matter!

Thanks to my lovely friend L. I have a new favourite website (shared first spot with MapsandtheCity.com of course). On this great website you can see the age of buildings. Different colours for different eras. Makes you realise how spectacular historical city centres are!
All 9,866,539 buildings in the Netherlands are on this map. The map is made with TileMill by Bert Spaan, Waag Society, inspired by BKLYNR. Input comes from the Kadaster, open sourced via CitySDK. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Take some time sometime this weekend to look around on this website, you’ll love it. Thanks for making my day Bert!

Citysdk Waag Society Map

Citysdk Waag Society Map

Citysdk Waag Society Map

Citysdk Waag Society Map

(you see the various shades of blue for the newest part of the Netherlands that used to be water before we Dutchies got into ‘polders’. And the red beauty of old cities like Leiden and Amsterdam…)

Maps + Typography = Double Joy

Some things just don’t need much of an introduction. Check out Mala: a typeface family that is dedicated to cartography. It’s created by Barbara Bigosińska who says: ‘My goal was to break a bit the boredom in cartography which is nowadays mostly computer-generated and thought a bit of human touch would do some good.’ She succeeded if you ask me: great variations in this one typeface family.

Mala Typeface

Mala Typeface

Mala typeface

Tour de France Map

Maps.. Tour de France. Is there a connection? Yes there is: both excite me! Every summer offers me the only sport I really like to watch on television, in a three week long festivity called Tour de France. This year stages the 100th edition of the TDF, and see what I’ve found: this overview of all 100 routes in the Tour. Yeah! Designer Sam Potts created ’100 Tours: Cent Ans de la Grande Boucle’. Make sure to check his website for more cool designs and the option to see details and buy this 100 Tours poster. You can pre-order and the posters will be printed after finishing this Tour (when the top three is known. Go Mollema, go Mollema!)

100 Tours de France: Sam Potts

A Map of the World

Gestalten recently added a new beauty to their range of impressive map books. ‘A Map of the World’ showcases contemporary maps by designers, illustrators and mapmakers from all over the world. As the publisher states: ‘Maps help us understand and navigate the world. For centuries, maps have become better, more refined, and more precise—there are no blind spots anymore. While Google Maps and GPS systems have become our tools of choice for navigation, contemporary maps have evolved into platforms for cutting-edge illustration, experimental data visualization, and personal visual storytelling.’ Couldn’t agree more! ‘A Map of the World’ consists of a great collection of maps, varying from very personal narrative maps to accurate street plans. Full of cartographic experiments, bright colours and enough pretty maps to look at once in a while: this book will make a great addition to your book collection. Oh, and do you remember the Cosmographies by Carlos Romo Melgar I blogged about last year? He is one of the featured artists in this book!

A Map of the World cover

A Map of the World

Map of the World page