MATC loves Wallpapered

Looking for a website with a lot of mappy options in one place: try visiting Obviously there are more websites where you can order wallpapers, but these guys really understand the beauty and awesomeness of maps. And we like that at MATC HQ! You can order various ‘standard’ map wallpapers, but you can also request information about a custom made map wallpaper, for instance with a map of your own city or region.

I’ve entered my information to request more information about a custom map wallpaper with specific measurements, and the quick reply I got seems prove of their high service level. The only thing left for me to do is figure out what map to choose and to convince my boyfriend we should really add some map wallpaper to our home.. Wish me luck! stairs MATC



And here’s a preview of the website when you request more information about your specific map: order process MATC


Mappy Sushi

That’s a whole new way of looking at sushi! Tokyo-based chef Tama-chan – otherwise known as illustrator Takayo Chioyta – shapes sushi rolls into a range of designs, amongst others this globe. (by the way: her version of Munch’s The scream is also brilliant…) Bon appetit!

world sushi Tama-chan

Puzzle your World Views

Mappy quizzes and puzzles are a great way to spend your weekend, and a very dangerous thing to get informed about just before going to bed (as I discovered yesterday evening). Figure out where you are on various Google Maps snapshots in GeoGuessr. Credits for GeoGuessr go to Anton Wallén. Make sure to check out the website, because this screenshot only give you a bit of an impression. And yes, it does give you an immediate idea of the exploration fun and you can imagine the addictiveness of this website. Go explore and enjoy!


Mercator Project(ion)

Did you know the Mercator projection on maps really messes up your idea about size? The cylindrical map projection of the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator (presented in 1569) is the standard map projection nowadays. While the linear scale is equal in all directions around any point, thus preserving the angles and the shapes of small objects (which makes the projection conformal), the Mercator projection distorts the size and shape of large objects, as the scale increases from the Equator to the poles, where it becomes infinite. Get it? Well, check out this puzzle to understand the real impact of what you’ve just read. Impressive!

Mercator puzzle

Money in the Bag

Cool, My Modern Metropolis posted about two world maps that were both created with currency: one with coins and one with paper. The blog made them fade in to each other, great idea!
The one with coins is done by design studio Bedow from Sweden, using the region’s native currencies for each continent.  The paper currency map is created by The310Investigator, who used photo manipulation to cut the different banknotes into the shape of countries. Great idea, both of them!


Bedow map world currencies


the310investigator map world currencies



The xx Share Map

This is good. One of my favourite bands -The xx- shares the new album Coexist on a special website where users can listen to it and share with friends. Oh, and here comes the fun part: you can see on the map how these shares connect people around the world. By using the time slider on the right, you can see it develop. The visualisation is a cooperation with Internet Explorer, so it is probably best watched in IE. And the album? Pretty good, by the way.


Hit the Road Jacket

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