|small piece of a map of "Writing London": A Literary|
Guide to the Usual and Unusual
I used to think maps were merely simplistic (albeit at times elegant) means of conveying information. Oh, but not so, not so! Thanks in part to happenstance, in part to curiosity-stoked investigations, I've discovered an immense world of playfulness, artistry, cheekiness, and oddity. Below, a few of my internet favorites that you might peruse to spark your own creativity:
- It would be remiss not to mention Frank Jacobs and his astonishing web collection Strange Maps. You could get lost here for days, reading up on all the oddities he's found.
- If, however, that massive compendium is too much to handle at first, consider wading in via The Guardian's very distilled, yet still fascinating, top-ten list from the site.
- Are you a lover of science? Check out Places & Spaces: Mapping Science's year-by-year inventory of the coolest in new science visualizations.
- Interested in maps of places that aren't real? Check out The Imaginary Atlas!
- For those of you whose fictional place map tastes run urban, check out Urban Geofiction's collection of coolness.
- As always, artists are intrigued with pushing the envelope. Check out these contemporary artists' reimaginings of maps.
- The Hand Drawn Map Association has been compiling user-submitted hand drawn maps for years. Some are very low tech, others are decidedly not: all, however, are fascinating!
- And, once again, if big archives are not your thing, The Guardian has chosen ten hand-drawn wonders to spotlight.
|This "character map" is a visualization|
of a way to think through the complexity
of the fictional characters one creates
in creative writing endeavors. Plus--it
looks super cool!