Last month I enrolled in Anne Ditmeyer's course Map Design: Learn to Communicate Places Beautifully on skillshare.
I'll be honest with you: I was not the best student. Neither did I finish my project nor did I spend enough time in the virtual classroom. But even the little amount of time I did spend there opened my eyes to the art of mapmaking.
On the very last day of that online class I passed by my favourite local bookstore, saw this book on display, went straight inside, had one look at it and got the last copy they had.
A Map Of The World - according to illustrators and storytellers published by Berlin-based Gestalten Verlag is an impressive collection of maps from all around the world. They couldn't be more diverse and each one of them is telling a different story, interpreting the places it shows in a unique and beautifully designed and illustrated way.
Two of my favourites are the Hello Map by Hello Yellow Studio, showing the diversity of the world and its languages and dialects and the Film Map of LA, made up entirely of Hollywood film titles.
A Map of the World can be purchased directly at Gestalten among many many wonderful publications and objects from the world of design, architecture and art.
I still haven't given up on my very own map project, featuring my favourite places in Berlin. This book is going to remind me of that plan every day now. Good!