While I'm waiting for On The Map to come in at my local library, I've started thumbing through You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (Princeton Architectural Press) by Katharine Harmon. This is yet another book recommended to me by my instructor and classmates in the Map Design class I'm currently taking.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.
I've just started absorbing all the incredible maps featured in the book, but I can already declare the content to be incredibly inspirational.
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