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

Map Diary

Sometimes there are just so many nice map inspired things around. Once you start noticing, you’ll see maps all over the place. So today I decided to share some of those random things with you. Sort of a diary: here is my week in maps!

Table design in the daily live show NOS Sportzomer London Late Night about the Olympics


Poster for the classical music festival Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, it feels mappy

Pillow in the new 2012 collection of IKEA


Great stereotype map a friend shared with me, does anyone know the map maker/context?

Jacket I spotted in Amsterdam, stay tuned because obviously I fell in love…

Street Style Entourage

Last week was Amsterdam International Fashion Week again. Blogs and articles show us the new trends, the front rows and some beautiful catwalk shots. But the photos I always like most are the street style photos. Photos of people, randomly captured on film outside, in a relaxed and almost accidental way (I bet that is not true in all cases). The background? A park, a busy street or a concrete building. These photos have a great city feel!

Almost everyone does is these days (The Sartorialist, fashion bloggers, magazines like Elle and Grazia). But my favourite photographer of street style is Bill Cunningham, one of the very first. Cunningham already started his ‘printed blog’ in The New York Times in 1978, and now (at age of 82!) still makes his On the Street column, nowadays online. He always combines beautiful city photos with shots of fashionistas and sharp descriptions of trends.

This year a movie by Richard Press will honour Cunningham. I’ll definitely watch Bill Cunningham New York, because I am curious to see more of the man that makes real city portraits through these photos of people in the streets. The trailer for the movie by Richard Press can be checked out here. Best detail of the trailer: the lovely fact that mister Cunningham drives his bike around New York. Love that man!