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Lehel Kovács: Google Street View Illustrations

A Hungarian designer uses Google Streetview to illustrate an alphabet of whimsical cityscapes

by Karen Day in Design on 26 January 2010

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What happens when when the ABCs meet Google Map's street views? Using the online superpower's vast database of photography, Budapest-based designer Lehel Kovács illustrates a partial alphabet of locations such as Florence, Indianapolis and Ostrava in a series of vignettes.

Kovács' whimsically simple style strips each picture down to near outline form, strategically coloring them to highlight each place's main attraction.

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With a degree in window display, Kovács has a great sense of how to set the scene for a compelling portrait, which he compliments with his equally charming descriptive calligraphy.

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The freelance illustrator's work graces newspapers from The Guardian to The New York Times, and last year his "Royal Bluff" illustration was chosen as a new graphic for Threadless tees. Prints of Kovács' work can be purchased from his online shop.

See more of his work after the jump.

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