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!

Feeling Blaeu

Well, you can definitely add this one to your to do list when visiting Amsterdam this summer: go see the exhibition ‘The world according to Blaeu | Master Cartographer of the Golden Age’ in Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the maritime museum in Amsterdam). The centerpiece of this exhibition is a huge map of the world by Joan Blaeu, dating from 1648. Visitors -older & young, because you better start infusing map love to your young ones rather early!- can look into the tiniest details on the map using magnifying glasses. It’s on show until 31 December, so make sure you fit it into your plans for that upcoming city trip to Amsterdam.



Photo credits: Kenneth Stamp

Pssst: Remember the map jacket photo shoot I did back in 2012? That was also at the Scheepvaartmuseum, one of my favourite museums in Amsterdam.

MATC loves Wallpapered

Looking for a website with a lot of mappy options in one place: try visiting Wallpapered.com. Obviously there are more websites where you can order wallpapers, but these guys really understand the beauty and awesomeness of maps. And we like that at MATC HQ! You can order various ‘standard’ map wallpapers, but you can also request information about a custom made map wallpaper, for instance with a map of your own city or region.

I’ve entered my information to request more information about a custom map wallpaper with specific measurements, and the quick reply I got seems prove of their high service level. The only thing left for me to do is figure out what map to choose and to convince my boyfriend we should really add some map wallpaper to our home.. Wish me luck!

Wallpapered.com stairs MATC



And here’s a preview of the website when you request more information about your specific map:
Wallpapered.com order process MATC


Mappy Sushi

That’s a whole new way of looking at sushi! Tokyo-based chef Tama-chan – otherwise known as illustrator Takayo Chioyta – shapes sushi rolls into a range of designs, amongst others this globe. (by the way: her version of Munch’s The scream is also brilliant…) Bon appetit!

world sushi Tama-chan mapsandthecity.com

Puzzle your World Views

Mappy quizzes and puzzles are a great way to spend your weekend, and a very dangerous thing to get informed about just before going to bed (as I discovered yesterday evening). Figure out where you are on various Google Maps snapshots in GeoGuessr. Credits for GeoGuessr go to Anton Wallén. Make sure to check out the website, because this screenshot only give you a bit of an impression. And yes, it does give you an immediate idea of the exploration fun and you can imagine the addictiveness of this website. Go explore and enjoy!


Mercator Project(ion)

Did you know the Mercator projection on maps really messes up your idea about size? The cylindrical map projection of the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator (presented in 1569) is the standard map projection nowadays. While the linear scale is equal in all directions around any point, thus preserving the angles and the shapes of small objects (which makes the projection conformal), the Mercator projection distorts the size and shape of large objects, as the scale increases from the Equator to the poles, where it becomes infinite. Get it? Well, check out this puzzle to understand the real impact of what you’ve just read. Impressive!

Mercator puzzle

Money in the Bag

Cool, My Modern Metropolis posted about two world maps that were both created with currency: one with coins and one with paper. The blog made them fade in to each other, great idea!
The one with coins is done by design studio Bedow from Sweden, using the region’s native currencies for each continent.  The paper currency map is created by The310Investigator, who used photo manipulation to cut the different banknotes into the shape of countries. Great idea, both of them!


Bedow map world currencies


the310investigator map world currencies