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Studio Visit: Trail Map Artist James Niehues
If you’ve ever grabbed one of the colorful trail maps stocked in ski lodges, or affixed to the chairlift bar, there’s a good chance you’ve seen—and used—the work of landscape artist James Niehues. Niehues (who goes by Jim) is one of just a handful...
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Future Mapping Company Berlin
Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...
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Massimo Vignelli's Signed 2012 NYC Subway Diagram
Less than one year ago, the world lost one of its most important creative minds with the passing of Massimo Vignelli. The celebrated graphic designer bestowed upon us a great number of now-iconic designs, though perhaps none more visibly lasting...
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Bitmap Blankets
Part of the "So Sottsass" display at London's Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga's pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with...
DESIGN
Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies
A few years ago, an unusual map of Africa began gaining traction throughout the internet. It showed that the continent is, in fact, larger than the United States, China, Japan, India and all of Europe combined. This realization surprised the many...
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Craft Breweries of London Map
As a city that created many of the world's greatest beers, London is no novice to brewing. But after years of industry decline, a new surge from independent brewers is putting the Big Smoke back on the world map with their quest for better-quality...
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Herb Lester Maps
Put the top down and journey across the US with Herb Lester Associates' American Vacation maps, a collection of design-minded guides to Chicago, Austin, LA and San Francisco. Packed with an array of exceptional options, all neatly laid out, Lester...
TECH
Trax
With the recent release of its teeny yet powerful Trax realtime GPS solution, start-up Wonder Technology Solutions joins a growing list of Swedish wearables-focused companies with roots in the crowdfunding system. The successfully Kickstarted Trax...
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My Travels World Map
Help mini globetrotters keep a physical record of their childhood travel with this My Travels World Map from Children Inspire Design. Kids gain a global perspective, as they use stickers to document their trips and plot future journeys. A fun activity...
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Specialty Coffee Map London
London isn't just all about tea. From Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market to Kaffeine near Oxford Circus, there's a palpable coffee culture all over the city. To help navigate the multitude of cafes or discover new roasters, pick up this easy-to-read...
CULTURE
A Box From Tehran
Elin Aram drew much attention with her new hand-selected souvenir series, A Box From. Its debut offering shed light on Seoul, South Korea, and told a story of the city by means of uniquely personal gifts. The "beta" box sold out almost as quickly...
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A Map Of The World
This compelling collection shows how cartography has evolved with contemporary maps through a new generation of original and sought-after designers, illustrators and artists who have a passion for map making.
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