Weird, but I don’t have any map song posts yet on Maps and the City! So, what better way to start with this one. Thank you Melle for introducing this classic to me (so you should thank him for my music education). Enjoy Map Ref. 41°N 93°W by Wire (1979).
“An unseen ruler defines with geometry
An unrulable expanse of geography
An aerial photographer over-exposed
To the cartologist’s 2D images knows
The areas where the water flowed
So petrified, the landscape grows
Straining eyes try to understand
The works, incessantly in hand
The carving and paring of the land
The quarter square, the graph divides
Beneath the rule, a country hides
Interrupting my train of thought
Lines of longitude and latitude
Define and refine my altitude
The curtain’s undrawn
Harness fitted, no escape
Common and peaceful, duck, flat, lowland
Landscape, canal, canard, water coloured
Crystal palaces for floral kings
A widespread waving span of wings
Witness the sinking of the sun
A deep breath of submission has begun”
I can pretend it did not take ages since my last post, but that would be unfair. I haven’t had much time for Maps and the City lately, which is a shame. Was there not enough cool map stuff out there? Definitely not! There’s more than enough beautiful and cool design things going on. So the good news is, I’m back with loads of inspiration. Here we go, let’s start with one of my recent finds on Etsy:
These cufflinks, rings and necklace pendants are handmade and called Good Night Rome, Good Night Berlin, Good Night Warsaw: you get the idea. The image on this jewellery is based on satellite night photos. The artist (Simon from FruitBijoux) added some gold metal particles to the surface to create a shimmering view on the city. Very pretty if you ask me!
Looking for a special gift for a friend who’s crazy about Amsterdam? What about this limited edition art print? This Amsterdam city map by Coen Pohl measures 100cm x 100cm (limited edition 1/100, €680,-). Check out Zart design.
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.
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.
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!
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!
(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…)
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.
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!)