25 October 2011


I know what you're thinking about this map - it's a little reminiscent of a childhood collage and possibly even a touch on the girlie side, but there is something I think everyone can appreciate about these water-colour maps. They have a deceptively simple design aesthetic that works so well that; hating them, is the equilivent of pretending to hate candy-floss - and what souless ghoul could possibly hate candy-floss?!

18 October 2011


Since we live in a perpetually changing world, it's something of an aphorism that a map is out-of-date a soon as its printed. It would seem then, a futile task to make any moment in time, indelible. However, there are those great happenings in history that will always be remembered - for example, whilst looking at a marble bust of Julius Caesar; regal yet doomed, do we recall his betrayal. Likewise, what will future generations make of this marble map of Manhattan Island, New York - perhaps the map will stir up memories of September 11 or indeed the Great Zombie Apocalypse of 2012?! Whilst all other fragile map-formats perish by the wayside, the map literally set-in-stone becomes a lone survivor of a bygone era.

11 October 2011


Where do we go to when our mind wanders? Where do our thoughts come from? - these seem like geographical questions just as much as psychological questions, wouldn't you agree? Yaron Steinburg certainly does. Using cardboard as a cartographic medium Yaron has mapped his brain. As a Being John Malkovich fan, this way of looking at the human mind as if it's a structured city that you can visit rather than a chaotic collection of neurons, makes a lot of sense to me.

04 October 2011


You may not be aware of it, but, this communication has travelled vast distances through the great oceans of our world, from one side of the planet to the other - through schools of depleted tuna stocks, around fleeing whales and narrowly avoiding the giant squid! If only those cables could talk - for the time being though I'll settle for a map of submarine cables