About the Maps
The maps accurately depict streets, highways, parks, bodies of water, and more using nothing but text bearing the names of those features. Only by meticulously weaving together thousands upon thousands of words does a full picture of the city emerge. Every single piece of type was carefully placed, a process that took hundreds of hours to complete for each map.
There was nothing automated about making these maps. Everything was laid out manually in Adobe Illustrator, from entering names over an OpenStreetMap image, to nudging text along curved paths to depict flowing water, to selectively erasing text to create a woven street pattern. Each city intentionally differs in style, but the end result is similar: from a distance it can appear as an accurate reference map, and as you get closer you notice the thousands of words it comprises.
This Chicago typographic map is a brilliant design. From the street names that make the streets themselves to the representation of parks and Lake Michigan, it's an exquisite use of typefaces.
The company's artists manipulate words to express physical locations and to show distinctions between coastlines, avenues, neighborhoods and other indicators found on more traditional maps.
It’s a thoroughly intuitive way to visualize cities.
These typographic maps by Axis Maps take locating a destination to a whole new level.
Cartography group Axis Maps continues their run of mapping goodness with their typographic maps. Grab the large size for maximum goodness.