One of the many things that first made me fall in love with Quo Vadis planners is the maps. Many (but not all) Quo Vadis planners have excellent maps of the USA and all the continents, and time zone maps. I have traveled a lot and moved internationally several times over the years, and have […]
Here’s a question that came to us via Facebook recently, for map users: color or black and white? That is, given a choice, do you have a preference or does it not matter? And, because we live in a world of tradeoffs, would you be willing to pay more for colorful maps?
We got an email recently from the makers of a very cool product: a “grand map” of contemporary London done in vintage 1800s style. Given the exchange rate, it’s certainly not cheap, but the artistry looks stunning… The maps are printed on canvas from a hand-drawn pattern because that’s apparently how it was done back […]
Last week, Art Decker presented some excellent research into the neurological benefits of writing. It made me wonder if there’s not something similar going on with maps and GPS devices. My parents visited earlier this summer, and they stayed in a hotel that’s about a 10-minute drive from where I live. I offered to give […]
What makes hand-drawn maps so cool? A recent article in Slate talks about them not in terms of quirkiness or beauty, but efficiency: The crucial advantage of the handmade map is that it is designed for a particular person confronting a particular task… the minimal amount of information makes for a map that’s easier to […]
The Hand Drawn Map Association (HDMA) is an online archive of maps and diagrams that were created by hand and submitted from all over the world. Many of them are also accompanied by interesting stories or anecdotes (this map was made by tracing coffee stains on a seating chart; this map was drawn by a […]