I’m planning a spring-summer odyssey in south-southeast Asia, for two-three months (you can read more about that here, if you wish), and was wondering if any of you lovely folks knew of a site that would allow me to draft routes on maps and save them. Many thanks!
This is a gift idea, which you might want to incorporate on this site in some way. A lot of times, thrift stores and stationery stores - especially those closing down - will have topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Survey for a really low price. They're great to use as wrapping paper, cut up and make envelopes out of, frame, use to bind booklets, or as backing for pictures. I used some as backing for coin and stamp collections, for example, and have tons left over.
Thanks for the tip! Will see about including this under resources, meanwhile, publishing this for readers’ awareness.
Would you have any recommendations for books about cartography or that arent about cartography, but have gorgeous maps?
I’ve listed a few books on the new resources page. Of these four, I’d recommend Blaeu, Atlas Maior if you’re strictly interested in antique maps (and are a fan of Joan Blaeu’s cartographic work), and Maps: Finding Our Place In The World, if you’re interested in maps spanning the eras, as well as, extensive text focused on cartography. If you’re interested, more so, in contemporary, avant-garde, or maps in the abstract vein then look into books like The Map as Art or From Here To There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association.
I’ve began developing a new page for The Cartography Collective, featuring some resources (more to come), like cartography books, and also, located off site, there are products and gift ideas, for cartophiles and geography enthusiasts, here. A fledging collage for now, but it will grow!
Hi - thanks for sharing your maps! Are you aware of the BBC prog 'The Beauty of Maps'? It has been broadcast a couple of times now on British T.V. As far as I am aware it is not available outside of the UK, but there are some rips on youtube if you do a search. I am lucky enough to have near HD quality copies on my hard-drive. I've loved maps since an early age, I used to have competitions with my best friend as to who good draw the best map of the British Isles - missing no islands!
Oh, it’s my pleasure! I hadn’t heard of The Beauty of Maps, perhaps some British followers already know of it? If not, I’m publishing this so fellow cartography lovers can look into it (as will I). That’s so cute that you and your best friend had map drawing competitions as kids, and it’s wonderful that your fondness for maps has pervailed through the years!
HI! I really enjoy looking through your tumblr blog. I thought it was creative and Unique to have a whole blog dedication to your collections of maps. I always like looking through map here. Maybe becasue one day I want to travel the world. I have a request, could you post maps of the middle east (Palestine) if you dont already have one.
Thank you so much! Maps definitely encourage wanderlust (as it happens, I detested geography as a child, and it wasn’t until I began traveling the world, that suddenly studying geography and looking at maps was enthralling). Here is the Palestine tag, though there’s only a couple there, I believe there may be some others of areas within Palestine that simply weren’t tagged “Palestine”. That being said, I will keep my eyes peeled for new additions!
Hello hello. I have a peculiar question, I suppose -- what's your view of (do you have a view of?) navigational maps, charts, and the bodies of water you find in cartography? I'm actually developing a project on this question, so I'm completely being selfish about the question at the same time that I would love to hear what you think. Alternatively, if you have favorite provocateur maps featuring water, I would delight to know. Cheers.
Bashful confession: I am blindly in love and possess an affection for maps that is almost purely aesthetic. I am not particularly, or formally, educated in cartographic studies, and so, the filter I look at navigational maps, charts, and bodies of water in them, is no different than the one I use to view the rest of maps and aspects of maps. Apologies I can’t be of more assistance!