Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next. I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground. Straight lines, 45º angles, simple geometry. The result is more of an abstract network representation than you would find on most maps, but it’s also a lot more fun. The geography is intentionally distorted to clarify relationships. I think it helps translate the sort of visual language of nature into a more engineered one, putting the organic in more constructed terms. Not every line depicted is navigable, but all are important to the hydrological systems shown.
I’ve generated six of these maps so far (each at 18″ x 24″ and 30″ x 40″), and you can find links to purchase each one below. If you’d like to know a bit more about how they’re made, including the many many semi-arbitrary decisions that go in to them, click here. [...]
Buy a printed version of the maps from Zazzle.
[via Boing Boing]