intersection 10.25.11


The big news in the world of maps has to be the publication of a book of Maps by Paula Scher, a partner at Pentagram. Whether she's charting New York or China or Israel, her work isn't about cartographical accuracy—but it's illuminating all the same. Words, in a sense, get you from here to there.

The organization cultureNOW has created a compelling new mapping project called MuseumWithoutWalls, which highlights public artworks, notable spaces, cultural and civic institutions, and historic buildings. It's a great resource.

Illustrator Christiane Engel is working on a series Postcards of the 50 States—having created 18 of them to date. New Jersey features Atlantic City, Jersey tomatoes, and Bruce Springsteen, which sounds about right. Missouri is below.

This past summer, WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show asked illustrators and artists to create maps of the New Littles, the name of their superb series about the city's lesser-known ethnic communities. See the results in this slideshow. [Pictured: Little Thailand, Elmhurst Queens by Abbie J. Zuidema]

One of our favorite maps, ever, is by Tom Gauld, and it's called Map of the Area Surrounding Our Holiday Home. You'll need to click to his site for the crucial (and hilarious) key to the map. [Via Big Think]

Irresistible: the artist Charrow's Specialty Coffee Map of Brooklyn.
Prints are $25.

Lower East Side (from 2009)

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