On Maps and Knowing Where Things Are


I really love maps. They’re great for showing all sorts of really cool data about any number of things. And doing it in a way which makes it easy to read and understand. Like this one here, next to what you’re reading, it’s a map of New York City, showing the homes/working areas of a number of top superheroes.

But there’s more!

Recently, the Philadelphia-based Hog Island Press print shop has created a couple of pretty amazing maps, including Monsters in America, a cryptozoological map of the United States that features all sorts of creatures which have to be believed to be seen! They’ve also created Great American Novel map, which “celebrates 42 of the most important works of fiction inspired by life in the United States.”

Then there’s the Medieval Fantasy City generator. This link takes you to the actual site, but if you want a better understanding of what you’re looking at, there was a great write up in My Modern Met. But a nice example is below:


Ultimately, there are maps for anything and everything. I’m gonna keep looking out for new ones which tickle my fancy. And if you find any which tickle yours, be sure to let me know!

3 thoughts on “On Maps and Knowing Where Things Are

  1. Ooh, I love these, especially the monsters one – it’d be cool if more maps today took a “here be dragons” approach to the emptier spaces.
    On the nonfiction side, I like looking at less common projections of the world map. It’s so easy to get fixed in one mindset of what the world looks like, and it’s great to get a new perspective on global geography. I’m also interested in psychogeography, especially the impact cities and urban spaces have on the mind. To that end, I’ve been reading Darran Anderson’s creative nonfiction “Imaginary Cities”.
    Thanks for sharing!

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