Reading Maps

Now that we are living in a new place, I’ve become fascinated by maps: the GoogleMap that I rely on to find the nearest restaurant or the bus route to the National Mall, padmapper.com which plots apartment listings on a map to make searching by location more convenient, and the MetroMap that is undergoing a redesign that promises more graphic clarity and shorter stop names.  On a recent trip to Richmond, Va., I found another ingenius map created by Studio Savvy Design. This literal map of names uses 533 layers of typography, with shades to denote topography and streetscapes.

Axis Maps has developed typographic maps for other cities, including DC.  What a creative way to view the city!

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