Bring the Font!

Clean design and maps go hand in hand. See these nice examples of FontMap: maps created by Richard Small, who graduated in Typography at University of Reading and now works as a communication designer at Sony. These maps have been a side hobby for him. Good news for us it that we can enjoy them also!

June London Song

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.

Map your Mind Coolness

Thanks for sharing map things with me guys! Yesterday my friend V. mentioned this nice website: Map your Mind. This website enables people to share their personal memories and stories about the city of Utrecht. You can sneak into someone elses head by checking out their personal city mind map. But also, you can add your own. Amazing concept, worth your time! (The website is in Dutch)

PS: Oh and there is also one in English,  with nice tips about the city by Danniel.

Love is in the air (and on the map)

Don’t we all like the stories on how people met, where it was, etc etc. And definetely now: spring is in the air and on every street corner you see people falling in love. Or doing business, depending on the area of a city you’re in J. Anyway, today Tiffany & Co. launched a website about love where you can actually pinpoint your own love moment on a map. Focus is on New York, but the map covers all the United States. True, it is a bit hysterical, adding initials to the map with stuff like “Where I fell in Love with my one and only!!” and “Snuck out of work for ice cream and kisses!”. But hey, it’s American. And you can’t blame Tiffany & Co. for promoting romance. The more romantic everyone gets, the better it is for business! Pretty business, by the way…

Oh, and I really love this one:

Will the real Underground Map please stand up?

It’s quite funny how maps determine the way you see a city. Take for example the Underground Map of London: when I think of that city I always think about the map first. Harry Beck created ‘the original’ in 1933, and on an amazing website you can now see how the map changed and also what the lines really run like. Well, that’s, erhm, different. Click on the images below to go to the Fourthway site to see the maps morph into other versions of reality. Thanks for the tip, Jonathan of The Map Room!

A little different…

Ooooh, really?

(Book)mark that shop

‘Could you show me that book on the topshelf?’ ‘Are there any new arrivals?’ ‘I prefer the one on the left, that cover is much more expressive’. In the latest bookshop in New York, these comments won’t be heard. Today, the New York Times published about a brand new bookshop by Andrew Kessler. The bookshop is stashed with copies of one book. One book. Actually a book by mister Kessler himself. The book on NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander Mission in 2008 needs to be sold, obviously, but there is more to it: “This makes books feel like an art installation, we should care about them”, says Kessler in the New York Times interview. The shop is even equiped with all regular bookshop things such as signs like Best Sellers or Sale, just brilliant. Going to New York anytime soon? Visit the Ed’s Martian Book at Hudson Street, also described as a Monobookist (gotta love that word)! And all others, you can read the interview by Elissa Gootman here.

photo by Guy Calaf for the New York Times

credits for these cool photos:
Rachel Kramer Bussel on

Go and get the seat of your pants dirty!

On this beautiful sunny day I just want to share some wisdom of Robert E. Park with you, an American urban sociologist (1864-1944). How can you really get to know a city?

“Go and sit in the lounges of the luxury hotels and on the doorsteps of the flophouses; sit on the Gold Coast settees and on the slum shakedown; sit in the Orchestra Hall and the Star and Garter Burlesque. In short, gentlemen, go get the seat of your pants dirty in real research.” (Robert Park, 1927)

It’s high time I leave my apartment to get some research done!