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November 5, 2010

Putting Maps on the Artistic Map

Do you ever stop and think to yourself, “Self, it’s so hard to find quality art that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional…”? I mean, sure it looks cool, but have you ever tried to read the time off those dripping clocks? Nearly impossible unless you’re on a wicked acid bender.

Coming to our logistical-artistic rescue is Axis Maps – claiming an equal dedication to both classic cartography and design.

So say they: “Axis Maps is custom cartography for the digital age. We are recognized experts in both the traditions of cartography and the innovations of interactive media… Our strong foundation in the principles of design, our experiences working with a wide range of clients, and our insights from the latest cartographic research and usability testing allows us to build custom mapping products of the highest quality.”


What it really means is they’re combining traditional cartography methods with the power of the digital age to create incredibly distinct and accurate custom maps, which – to no one’s surprise – turn out to be exceptional pieces of art as well (think Ork posters in action).

This detailed map of downtown Chicago relies on typography to not only to describe, but also define the visual elements.

Be afraid, street signs, be very afraid.

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