Have you ever seen these maps by Emily Garfield? These are maps of imaginary places (and, also of existing cities). The structure of the drawings is ‘inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons’. I am really not an expert in biological processes but I immediately see what she means. And I love them: these seem to be cities you want to wander around en get lost in. Enjoy your (imaginary) city trip this Sunday afternoon!
Here at Maps and the City, we are a huge fan of map inspired fashion. Look at this great example: this scarf is Dutch design by Studio Geanne. The design is called ‘Ingepolderd’, paying tribute to the Dutch habit of impoldering (creating polders). The fabric is produced in California and the scarfs are made in the Dutch city The Hague.
Looking for something new in your interior? What about these great cushions by B/aR, by Dutch graphic designer Barbara Smit. Various maps of the Netherlands (for example maps of the water, forest or construction density) form the base for these colourful cushions. Check out her website for more info. I think they are a great addition of some map fun in your interior without going completely map nut.
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.