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Mapster: Japan in London

Time to map! 

Here are my initial thoughts and answers to the week 1 questions:

Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places?

For fun. To scratch a creative itch. To corrall my thoughts into something coherent and something physical or digital rather than floating around in my head. 

Why am I the expert to create this map? Who is my target audience? What level of detail do I need to include?

Wow. I don't know yet, but I reckon I'll find out once I've figured out what map to make. 

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? How is it going to be used/ held? What other
constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward?

Probably both, though at the moment, paper appeals most. 


A few resources I've started to collect and have stumbled on:

My Pinterest page of maps

Two other Pinterest map collection: Hylton's set and Nina Briggs' beautiful collection of pins


Results from my brainstorm for potential maps:


  • bookshops 
  • places to have a decent coffee and ponder the world
  • spaces to feed your brain 
  • good places to eat
  • Japan in London
  • Dutch history in London
  • a superlocal / micro guide to my current/old neighbourhood
  • busroutes and what you see along the way 
  • tube routes (maybe use the map of our Zone 1 challenge)


  • show our kiddo where his parents are from 


  • preparation for our next trip (food, museums, bookshops, shops, places to visit, pastries)


  • preparation for our next trip (food, museums, bookshops, shops, places to visit, pastries)


  • potential itineraries for our next trip



This project made me remember the Zone 1 Tube challenge that my beau and I did in 2010, for which he created the map / modified the tube map below. 


Ideas for handdrawn maps:

It seems that on my forehead I have a sign that says: 'Ask me directions please' because so often when I'm out and about tourists ask me for directions. The 3 most recent ones I remember are: where is Berkeley Square and which stop do I get off at? Where is St Pancras station? Where is there a cash machine around here? 

I'll make these into handdrawn maps this week and will upload the results!

update June 4th: 

Was asked directions shortly after I typed the above, below the map I drew afterwards.

Update June 10th 2013

I've decided for this project to map Japan in London, a map/guide to discovering Japan in London through restaurants, shops and cultural places. 

Not 100% sure yet what format to take, but I've taken as my inspiration the maps Herb Lester have (love the format) and some of the Japanese and Chinese-language guides I have, which are very visual and schematic. Below are examples and a sketch outline. 

I've put all/most of my datapoints into a Google Map to keep track of the things I want to put on the map. 

Next steps:

  • write texts to go with the points
  • transfer the google map into something more appealing (figure out how to do this)


Update Jan 14th 2014

A quick update: Pinterest have rolled out their new feature where you can pin on a map, so I tried it out for a neighbourhood in London to see if it works and I think it does. 

My King's Cross map of things to see, do and eat is up and running (screenshot below).

I love this feature on Pinterest, but am still keen to also make an old-fashioned paper version of my Japan-in-London map. 


Edited / added to on Jan 21st:

I used Jauntful to add my Japan-in-London places, here's a screenshot of the digital version:

and here a screenshot of what the printed pdf would look like:

I like Jauntful (who are still in beta at time of writing, so this might all still change in future), for its ease of use and usefulness. 


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