Month: March 2011

Joost Grooten’s artful atlases

Joost Grooten is a dutch artist, book designer, with a special focus on atlases:

His publication have recently be called “grosse Buchkunst” (great book art) by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung.

You will  enjoy to browse through his website:


Michel Houellebecq: Map and Territory

The enfant terrible of the french writer’s scene, Michel Houellebecq has published a new novel, enthusiastically reviewed by the critics. He has also won the most prestigeous french literature award – the Prix Goncourt in 2010.
The titel appears in this blog, since the main character is a celebrated artists who works with street maps and satellite images.
The english translation of the book has not yet been released, but will soon be available.

Alexander Chen Musical Metro Map

Quite an impressive combination of art, carto, sound, design and technology! In his Conductor project (, Alexander Chen

“turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.” (see for a full description of this fascinating map).

Thanks to Daniel Naud for pointing me to Chris McDowall’s blog which includes many interesting animated map including this one (Note: this map was already mentioned a few weeks ago on (e)space&fiction).