Thursday, October 07, 2010

Pretty Maps

I regularly find myself navigating around the pages of
20x200, the online, affordable art mecca created by Jen Bekman. This week I found this whimsical new collection by artist Aaron Straup Cope.

Aren't these delightful? They make a cheerful addition to any room in your home. And starting at just 20 bucks for an 8x10 you really can't go wrong. These are right up my alley not only because they are so beautiful and so unique but I happen to be obsessed with maps!




Here is Aaron's Artist Statement from

I'd like to generate map tiles that give you that same dizzy feeling you get when you look down at a city at night, from an airplane. We've spent so long fussing over the relentless details in cartography that we've sort of forgotten what things (should) look like at a distance.

This August 2010 version of prettymaps is code-named “Isola” after the Finnish textile designer Maija Isola. At a time when the tools for making custom maps and bespoke cartographies are becoming easier and more accessible it is nice to look back at her work and imagine the maps she might have made if she were alive today.

All images via 20x200.

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