Very proud: book publication!

Tomorrow will be a big day for Maps and the City head quarters: I’ve contributed to a book that will be presented tomorrow! I am very grateful to the publisher -Maarten van Steenbergen of Lannoo publishers- and to the authors of the book -Reinder Storm and Marieke van Delft- for their invitation to be a co-writer on this publication project. For young researchers it means the world if you can join in projects like this one and get your work published.

There has been very hard work, long research and writing hours, and loads of energy and effort put in to this book. Marieke and Reinder have written the majority of the 100 map chapters, and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Huibert Crijns, Peter van der Krogt en I have written the rest. The book is published by Lannoo, you probably know them because of their other beautiful publications such as Atlas de Wit.

I am so very happy with the beautiful book that is the result. I will share more about the book after the publication tomorrow, but here is a sneak peek.

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Details about the book for those of you ready to order 🙂
Title: De geschiedenis van Nederland in 100 oude kaarten
ISBN: 9789401459075
(the book is in Dutch)

A tactile wooden globe, anyone?

Sometimes you stumble upon ideas that are just great. Like this project by Mark Jeffery, who is running an Indiegogo campaign right now for his goodwoodglobes: wooden globes with relief. Mark realised that maps of the world will never be accurate enough since projection always distorts our world a bit, because the world actually is round (I know, this must come as a shock…). And also Mark wants to show the actual elevation of mountains et cetera on the surface of the world. Hence his drive to create these wooden globes.

The globes and maps are based on data from national institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and Ordnance Survey (OS). Mark lives up in the Canadian mountains and needs this crowdfunding campaign to get a woodcarving robot at home to be able to create his goodwoodglobes from home (instead of in an FabLab down in the valley). He is funding twothirds himself, and offers you great perks in return for your investment in this campaign.

The campaign runs for just a few more weeks, so if you are interested to support an artist or to add a wooden globe to your home: support this guy!

Wishlist material: CityWood

Maps in your living room. There are various options when it comes to home decoration with maps. But this new one I like a lot: CityWood launched a Kickstarter campaign just a few weeks ago and they already reached their goal easily, multiple times even! Their maps show cities with their streets and water networks: all 3D printed in plywood. They are handfinished with a varnish, showing off the lasercut layers in a very pretty way.
Thanks for making my wish list of map-things grow even further ArchDaily :).

Literature & Maps Combined: Readable Amsterdam

One of the latest additions to my map collection at home: this Leesbaar Amsterdam map of Amsterdam. Created by Yolanda Huntelaar, Louis Stiller and Erik Nieuwenhuis, this map guides you through the city through quotes from literature, poems and songs. It’s cleverly designed showing you streets, water, parks etc filled up with quotes that actually match the location on the map perfectly. It is possible to wander through literature by simply looking at the map. Or, to stroll down the streets of your city and learn more about authors or singers with a strong connection to your own neighbourhood.

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And after the big success of the literary map of Amsterdam, the map of Bergen will be presented this weekend. Bergen is a small town in the Netherlands with a very rich local history filled with authors and poets. So, if you like literature and maps, this might be a perfect gift for you. Best to be combined with a trip to Amsterdam and/or Bergen of course, so this could be your perfect excuse for a city trip! You’re welcome.

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Map room treasures from Oxford

Well, since the holidays are only 1 nod away (at least it feels like it when autumn kicks in) I thought it could be useful to help you with some map inspired gift ideas. We’re starting off with this beautiful book just published in Oxford: ‘Treasures from the Map room’. I know from first hand that the map room of the Bodleian Libraries holds some very beautiful treasures, such as the awesome map below (I wrote my thesis on cartoon maps during my masters programme in Oxford).

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But, lets get back to the wishlist for the holidays this year. Check out this beautiful publication, edited by Debbie Hall. You might want to add this to your personal wishlist!

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Squeeze that map!

This is a great invention. Dénes Sátor, a design student from Hungary, was inspired by globes and created this egg-shaped map. If you squeeze the map it pops out and shows you details of the city of Budapest. So, if you are stressed out about finding your way around Budapest, this map could be of assistance in two ways: reducing your stress levels and showing you the right way! Great thinking.

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Polder Map Scarf

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.

The scarf only costs 55 euros: Go for it!

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Dutch Map Cushions

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.

Map cushions by B/aR

Map cushion by B/aR

Good Night Jewellery – Wake Up Post

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!

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