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 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

Tube Lines Luggage Racks

The London Transport Museum has been busy celebrating 150 years of the London Underground. They’ve now launched this great range of coloured luggage racks. The luggage racks come from the decommissioned Metropolitan line Tube trains, were cleaned and powder-coated in colours based on the twelve metro lines of the London Underground. Oh oh, they do international shipping…


London Transport Museum photo on their Facebookpage

London Transport Museum rack

The colours in the range:
Blue – Piccadilly Line
Sky Blue – Victoria Line
Mint Green – Waterloo & City Line
Red – Central Line
Orange – Overground
Yellow – Circle Line
Pink – Hammersmith & City Line
Purple – Metropolitan
Green – District Line
Grey – Jubilee Line
Black – Northern Line
Bronze – Bakerloo Line
Gold – to celebrate 150 years of the underground (and Silver)
White – for the map background

(Photos: from the website and Facebookpage of the London Transport Museum)

Map Fun with Niemann

You might already know some illustrations by Christoph Niemann: he also did this great stereotype map I’ve shown earlier this year. Niemann’s great illustrations have appeared on covers of The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and he has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards. Yesterday a friend of mine pointed me at these funny Google-esque maps. You should actually see them all (because almost every single one cracked me up). Abduzeedoo created a nice overview, so make sure to check them all out.

Map by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

Maps by Christoph Niemann MATC

uselessstereotypes-ChristophNiemann MATC

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

Underground Scene: Tube Maps

You can’t be surprised by my love of underground maps. Now look at this beauty:

Circular Tube Map © Maxwell J Roberts, 28/01/2003, all rights reserved © Maxwell J Roberts, 28/01/2003, all rights reserved (Click here for full size version)

Max Roberts, expert on underground maps, has designed this new way to look at the London tube map. The commonly used map of the London Underground is becoming even more cluttered, hence this new circular approach. But besides this intruiging map there is even more: Roberts wrote a terrific book about metro/underground/tube (whatever you like to call it) maps: ‘Underground Maps Unravelled’ and is doing a lecture on February 19th in the Design Museum! I quote from their website about the talk by Roberts: “Since 1999, Dr Maxwell Roberts has been working on an ongoing research project to understand transport schematics, their effective design and how to evaluate them using objective methodology. In this lecture he presents his comprehensive catalogue of visual experiments and discusses his findings.” Go, go, go!

cover Underground Maps Unravelled Maxwell J Roberts

Furthermore: the book is very detailed and the book design is incredibly fresh and suitable for the subject: various tube lines running over the corners of the pages. It’s on my wish list!

Couch Material: Soft Cities

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,, and Cloudmade, under the creative commons license SA-by-SA).
Oh and as said, they also do ‘ mapkins’. Love it!

Soft Cities newlyweds

SoftCities blanket water colour

SoftCities blanket2

The Map Watch

@mapperz mentioned this map watch to me on Twitter: a great new initiative called Leikr (by a group of former Nokia engineers). So the Leikr team is into technology and creating new devices, and they happen to also be passionate about sports: running, biking, triathlons, etcetera. That is why they started to develop this watch: other GPS watches were simply not meeting their standards. Not easy to use, too big, screen too small, bad GPS signal, etcetera.

The Leikr watch has OpenStreetMap, a fast custom made GPS system and a screen that is big enough to see where you’re going. Plus, you can add training programmes and send your results directly to the cloud (no hassle with wires).

Great! Only thing is, the developing team from Denmark still needs funding. There is a Kickstarter funding website (were you can read the whole story, check out some videos and more images). Planning is for the watches to be ready in June 2013. So if you want to speed up the process, fund them.

map watch Leikr

Leikr watch in docking station