A Map of the World According to Illustrators & Storytellers

mapoftheworld-bygestalten-coverOne day this winter I received a package. I wasn’t expecting a package, which made the thrill that much more exciting. Had you been here when I opened it, you would have seen a giant grin like a kid in a candy store, but I’m not a kid anymore, and maps are my candy.

Then I came to the realization that not only do I have awesome friends – like Rebecca Silus, aka Field Office – who think to send me sweet gifts like this because they know me so well, but I have the kind of friends who are doing awesome things too. In fact, Rebecca’s name is in the back of the book – she wrote the project descriptions – making it that much more special

mapoftheworld-bygestaltenThe book is A Map of the World According to Illustrators & Storytellers published by the German publisher Gestalten (if you order from them you get a free poster!). It’s the kind of book that you want on your coffee table. Every time I pick it up I notice new places, recognize new artists, like new things and discover new illustrators. Even though I’m a designer, I don’t consider myself an illustrator, yet feel like there is so much inspiration each time I turn the page. It’s a refreshing change from Google Maps, with far more personality, and shows the ways maps can display information. You can read more + see more about the book on Brainpickings.

Rebecca sent it to me at the perfect time, just as the Skillshare MAP MAKING class I was teaching was wrapping up. I was glad I hadn’t seen it until the end, otherwise my head really would have been spiraling out of control with ideas. It was the perfect way to bookmark class. Speaking of which, I’m happy to announce that Skillshare is having me back to teach!

My MAP MAKING class will soon be an ongoing class you can take any time. It starts May 28th, and I’ll be active in the classroom for the first three weeks (incentive to work on your projects!). In case you missed it, here’s what students created in the first round of class. I cannot wait to see what comes out of the next group!

If you know anyone who may be interested in taking the class, please share this link: http://skl.sh/11RQ8Ig  It’s open to all ages (yes, kids too), levels and stages, with no experience or software required. It’s only $20 and once you sign up, you’ll have access to the classroom forever! Plus you meet some pretty great people too.

Thanks again, Rebecca!

P.S. If you’re in Paris, ARTAZART bookstore along Canal Saint Martin is having Gestalten month celebrating visual culture, and they have this book in stock :)

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