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!
Thanks for your topic suggestion Jeroen! These map blankets are great. Especially since it started snowing again here in Amsterdam! Oh well. It is not that bad if you cuddle up under one of these blankets and wait for spring to arrive…
Soft Cities is a San Francisco-based company that sells blankets and napkins featuring a map of your favorite location. You can pick the location yourself, Soft Cities makes the map using open source data provided by Open Street Map (Soft Cities collaborates with Stamen Design, OpenStreetMap.org, and Cloudmade, under the creative commons license SA-by-SA).
Oh and as said, they also do ‘ mapkins’. Love it!
This one is not really cartographical but it did make me laugh out loud. Happy mapping with Poorly Drawn Lines:
Have you seen the beautiful recent Atlas De Wit publication yet? This book should definitely be on the wishlist of map lovers. The Atlas De Wit is a historical atlas with 158 city plans and bird’s eye views of towns in the Northern and Southern Netherlands in the seventeenth century, by cartographer Frederick de Wit. The fascimile offers you the opportunity to wander through Dutch (and Belgian) cities: take a step back on these gorgeous handcoloured maps and get lost in the 17th century. The atlas was presented with the tagline ‘Discover the Google Earth of the Golden Age’, a smart move.
Atlas de Wit
M. van Delft & Peter Van Der Krogt
€ 119 (introduction: € 99 until 31/12/12)
ISBN 978 94 014 0189 0
Issued in three languages: Dutch, French, English
About the Atlas (in Dutch):
It is absolutely great that people share stuff with Maps and the City (thanks for this one Tomislav)! Check out these woodcut maps. Based on a specific location, you can order a woodcut map of a place of importance to you. Frame a composition around any special spot in the world, choose from the various exotic hardwood veneers, and preview your design instantly. Each map has a unique pattern of wood grain. It takes a few weeks but then you receive a hand-crafted wood-inlay map of your own design. Worth the wait I would say.
This is an interesting way of presenting knowledge. Meet Globe4D: an interactive installation for globe viewing, used by museums, schools and universities to exhibit or discuss knowledge. It is possible to show changes over time, climate differences, air plane routes… I like the way this tool makes the Earth (or another planet) more tangible. It works like this: the planet is projected on a sphere. By rotating the sphere it can be observed from any angle. A ring, fitted around the sphere, allows the user to manipulate the fourth dimension by turning it. This can be time or any other variable (e.g. waterlevel, zoom). The installation was originally developed in a researchgroup at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. I can see the use of this for many institutions and exhibitions!
When I spotted this jacket a few weeks ago I immediately bought it online, and luckily it could be shipped from the US to the Netherlands within a few weeks. I was quite pleased with myself for buying a practical -because rain and windproof- jacket, something I wouldn’t really consider without the nice world map print (although Dutch summers do call for a decent rain jacket). So, when we decided to visit the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime museum) in Amsterdam on this rainy Sunday, of course I put on my new jacket. Happy mapping in the rain!
photography by Roderick Buijs
On his 85th birthday, this post is dedicated to Dick Bruna: the Dutch illustrator and writer of children’s books about Miffy (or nijntje in Dutch). Besides creating Miffy, the most famous rabbit in the world, Bruna also designed many amazing book covers. He also designed the covers of the Black Bear pocket books by Havank. You probably understand why this is one of my all time favourites!