Beautiful map from Cartozia Tales, an “all-ages fantasy series, with nine stories in each issue, all set in the same world.”
Kickstarter Update #7: Maps and Totes are Ready!
Dear backers, Happy summer! Hope this message finds you relaxed, tan and smiling wherever you are.
We are smiling here because we finally have your maps (and totes) ready to ship! To make sure we get them to you, please be sure to answer the backers survey that popped into your inbox last night, so we can start getting these in your hands. You will find a little more info about the story of each product below.
on behalf of the Urban Launchpad team
PS. The digital version of the map is now available viawww.urbanlaunchpad.org/alpha/welcome.
PPS. For our amazing supporters who sponsored a large format map and / or bus signage, we are working on them! In fact, Stephen has exciting news to share about that in the near future. One immediate piece of feedback we received from our team in Dhaka on signage was that it sounded great but that in many instances, the buses don’t actually stop at a fixed place. Riders board whenever the buses is moving slow enough for them to hop on even if it is in the middle of the road.
BUS MAPS: With the print run of bus maps here in the US for the Kickstarter supporters, we took the opportunity to push the production materials and methods even further. That’s why this edition of the bus map took us awhile, even after the launch of the first run in Dhaka. For this version of the map, we decided to use Tyvek, the same material used for other real maps, home insulation wrapping, and envelopes, to make them far more durable. We had to source a more boutique printer in San Francisco who would be willing to print on this less traditional material (props to one of our Kickstarter supporters and fellow map-makers, Eric, for pointing us in the right direction!). Now, the maps are finally folded and ready to be shipped out! We’ll be translating these production learnings into the next, larger run of the bus maps on the ground in Dhaka.
RICKSHAW TOTES: These totes were designed by Stephen Kennedy, manufactured by a responsible supplier in Dhaka (we met the owner and visited the factory) and hand dyed by us back in the US.
Great update from the First Bus Map of Dhaka project
Gently down the stream.
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Now a local community group is organizing to preserve the river for future generations, creating and publishing a map of its many secret gems to distribute throughout the state and beyond.
Map makers take flight.
Two young cartographers are on a mission to create a hub for exploring the future Patagonia National Park.
As the newest national park in South America, Patagonia is a largely undocumented expanse of wilderness. Kickstarter project creators Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are using their web-based platform for open cartography, Maps for Good, to share the information they collect about the park with their backers and the wider community of wilderness adventurers.
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Cal State professor Andrew Lohmann’s Kickstarter project rethinks how we define neighborhoods.
"Our Neighborhood" Mapping Project shifts the focus from census tracts and school districts to resident-defined neighborhoods. In the process, Professor Lohmann hopes to explore how our geographic and social environments affect our sense of community. This neighborly approach to community psychology is our Project of the Day.
An imaginary world.
Over the past 15 years, artist Jeffrey Beebe has created the world of Refractoria, an entire continent sprung from his imagination.
His new Kickstarter project is raising funds to print his map on the grand scale that it deserves, allowing curious fellow travelers to peer into his mind. Welcome to our Project of the Day.
World of Refractoria.
Jeff Beebe created his own world.
Refractoria is an imagino-ordinary world that is equal parts autobiography and pure fantasy, heavily inspired by the visual language of the original Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff’s fantastical cartography is beautiful, as are the denizens of Refractoria, who are both impeccably dressed and totally badass.
Printing Leipzig is “a series of lithographs exploring a city and its printers.”
Printmaker Sarah Pike is using her sojourn in Leipzig — the heart of Germany’s rich printing tradition — to transform conversations and encounters into printed matter. Her abstract maps draw from interviews, long walks, and old maps to chart her course through an unfamiliar city.
Her new Kickstarter project will help Pike raise funds for studio and material fees, supporting her fellow print artists in Leipzig while helping to create a new body of work.
A few choice selections from The Cheese Map, which is exactly what it sounds like: a world map created entirely out of cheese. And here we thought it was just the moon…