I really enjoyed reading and looking through From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association. The book is divided into six categories of maps: directional maps, found maps, fictional maps, artful maps, maps of unusual places and explanatory maps. Each map that is a category explains what is going on with the map, and typically a story. What I found enjoyable was reading the personal anecdotes of why a person needed a map or what they doing as a result.
As I went through all the maps it became clear that there was a couple recurring needs for the maps. People traveling to somewhere new, giving context to something that people needed reminding of, or some specific event that was going to happen once. Other details that people will find fascinating is how people choose to organize information, what details to keep, and how things were categorized. Taking all those details into account plus visualizing all that stuff makes things enjoyable to read.
I’m a huge fan of information design and by relation—maps. I’ve blogged in the past about some of the maps contained in the book, so when I opened the envelope for this book I was pretty happy. I didn’t even know that this book was going to happen—but I’m glad it got into my hands. I think this is one of those books that people will spend some quality time with, both reading from cover to cover and flipping it open from time to time for inspiration.
Title: From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association
Author: Kris Harzinski
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Additional Link: http://www.handmaps.org/