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The small collection of Typographic Maps show geographical features only by using text as a visual element. These unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type. From a distance each poster appears as an accurate reference map, but at closer inspection one can perceive the thousands of words it comprises.

There have been no automated processes used during the making of these maps, unless the many copying and pasting. Instead, everything was laid out manually, from tracing streets over an OpenStreetMap image, to nudging curved water text, to selectively erasing text to create a woven street pattern.

Via Open Geo Data. Thnkx Matthias.

For those appreciating this sort of work, be sure to also check out Ork Posters.

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See also Jolie Silsby's map of Portsmouth, UK where roads are replaced by local slang, colloquialisms etc. http://www.jodie-silsby.com/

Sat 09 Oct 2010 at 11:21 PM
Jon

Yes these look like fun things. Congratulations. However the fusion piegraph is bogus as the area of the pie face as an elipse cannot be perceived by humans without gross error. Showing the edge in the same color as an element is stupid error. See books by Tuffte and help stamp out bad graphic communication. See also R. Guyot " The Perception of some cartographic Symbols" MS thesis, University Of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972. But keep up your better works. Remember, Mis-perception in graphics by the general public leads to avoidable disasters.

Thu 05 May 2011 at 4:25 AM
Richard Guyot
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