First of all, I am going to combine Maps in the News with New and Interesting Maps because there is so much crossover. These will post on Wednesday from now on.
Second, I am about to launch work on my new book, and that will keep me very busy for a while. Bear with me. I want to build this map making community to be solid and interesting. If you would like to contribute to this blog while I am making map book number 2, please let me know!
The map in the news today is based on the experiment of Becky Cooper, a young New Yorker who handed out maps of Manhattan to strangers a few years ago and asked them to fill them out with their own memories of Manhattan. The maps must have been postcards, they were mailed back in droves to Becky, who happened to work for the New Yorker, which took an interest in this project and solicited some big names to contribute. The maps are wildly varied in technique, and offer colorful and sometimes tender stories of the Metropolis of Manhattan. They will be published in a book by Abrams, called Mapping Manhattan.
This one looks like the author scrolled it through a Royal Typewriter. It was submitted by Richard Goodman, a NY author who wrote The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9/11.
An anonymous map came illustrated with lost gloves.
You can see some of the rest of her project HERE.
I love the idea that everyone used the same map as the base. If you did this project, what would your map be?