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You get what you pay for: professional cartographer Evan Applegate interviews better cartographers. Listen to the best living mapmakers describe how they create worlds in pixels, ink, graphite, threads, film, paint, ceramic, wood and metal. For show notes and bonus content visit https://veryexpensivemaps.com

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You get what you pay for: professional cartographer Evan Applegate interviews better cartographers. Listen to the best living mapmakers describe how they create worlds in pixels, ink, graphite, threads, film, paint, ceramic, wood and metal. For show notes and bonus content visit https://veryexpensivemaps.com

    Hap Wilson: “If there’s no risk then there’s no adventure, right?”

    Hap Wilson: “If there’s no risk then there’s no adventure, right?”

    Ontario explorer, mapmaker, and conservationist Hap Wilson on drawing 400 guide maps across 50 years, traveling more than 40,000 miles of Canadian wilderness by canoe, the one digital tool he likes (it’s Google Earth), saving lives by creating a map that, unlike the one it replaced, did not send tourists over a waterfall, retracing thousand-year-old trails to prevent their effacement by dams and clearcuts, what you discover after 200 trips down the same river, learning from the mapmakers of 1700 and the indigenous of 700, and why if a portage on his map doesn’t match the territory it’s likely a force majeure situation (“I don’t control the beavers.”) See his work at hapwilson.com


    Temagami Wilderness Guide
    Lake Superior To Manitoba By Canoe
    Stay at Hap’s eco-lodge: Cabin Falls
    Original illustrations by Hap
    David Thompson



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    I have three words for you: Big. Glowing. Maps. Depending on how that makes you feel, you might like two more words: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Radiant Maps⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. See ultra-detailed backlit maps at radiantmaps.co

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    • 46 min
    Erick Ingraham: “I guess I gravitate towards difficulty.”

    Erick Ingraham: “I guess I gravitate towards difficulty.”

    Colorado painter, illustrator and mapmaker Erick Ingraham on solving art directors’ problems, making it interesting for himself (“I’m known to make things more complicated than they might need to be”), spending eight years painting the Rockies’ western slope, working from his own photographs, taking inspiration from the past, getting into the culture of what he’s mapping, drawing coastlines, and some advice for developing artists: “Be a good draftsman.” See Erick’s work at erickingraham.com


    Landscape paintings
    Children’s books
    Maps
    Vermont’s Kingdom Heritage Lands
    Winter 1888: Record Snowfall
    Where Do Forest Birds Go in Winter?
    Green Witnesses
    Western Watershed Map
    Dugald Stermer
    James Gurney
    John Singer Sargent
    Maxfield Parrish
    NC Wyeth
    Arthur Rackham
    Gustave Baumann
    Richard Estes
    Tom Blackwell

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    • 29 min
    Stephen Walter: “Maps are inherently political if they’re interesting.”

    Stephen Walter: “Maps are inherently political if they’re interesting.”

    London artist and mapmaker Stephen Walter on two decades of drawing and painting “the semiotic residues of humankind,” an invitation to map an Ivorian national park (and why you should wait for the dry season before attempting this), approaching six years of work on an NYC map, interpreting Michael Drayton’s 17th c. topographical poem Poly-Olbion into a 6x5 ft. folkloric tour of England and Wales, walking the territory, the origins of “north up,” the souls of places, a half-day's research to place a single label, and his vision of Utopia. See his work at stephenwalter.org


    In-progress map of Manhattan
    London Subterranea, 2012
    Nova Utopia, 2013
    Albion, 2016
    Brexitland, 2019
    Map of Comoé (La carte de la Comoé), 2019
    Henry Dreyfuss’s Symbol Sourcebook
    Jerry Brotton
    Gerardus Mercator
    Jacopo de' Barbari’s 1500 View of Venice
    Abrahram Ortelius’s 1595 map of Utopia
    The 1648 Klencke Atlas of England (5x5 ft.!), presented by Joannes Klencke to Charles II on his 1660 restoration to the throne
    John Rocque’s 1746 map of London
    Greenwood’s 1830 map of London
    Egbert L. Viele’s 1865 Manhattan map
    Bodleian Library map collection
    Paul Noble
    Layla Curtis
    Katie Patterson
    Alighiero Boetti
    Grayson Perry
    Ed Fairburn
    Ewan David Eason
    Emilio Isgò
    Justine Smith
    Paula Scher
    Other Fabrications

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    • 42 min
    John Tauranac: “I seldom think macroscopically; I think microscopically.”

    John Tauranac: “I seldom think macroscopically; I think microscopically.”

    Manhattan writer and cartographer John Tauranac on his first maps of Midtown’s pedestrian passages, a public debate with Massimo Vignelli (“His geography was egregious”), working at a very different MTA (they used to have an aesthetics committee?), the “no improvements” made to the subway map since he chaired the 1979 MTA map committee, guiding Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s helicopter photo surveys of Manhattan, walking every block and learning Illustrator to create his acclaimed 176-page Manhattan tourist guide, how to make a usable bus map, New York’s vanished map stores, and a longitudinal view of the business: “plus ça change, plus c'est la même bull████.” See his work at johntauranac.com


    Tauranac Maps
    Manhattan Block By Block: A Street Atlas
    Bauhaus vs. Beaux-Arts
    Vignelli’s 1972 NYC subway map
    Tauranac’s 1979 NYC subway map
    The 2023 NYC subway map
    Nobu Siraisi
    John explains his subway map design choices
    Yann Arthus-Bertrand
    DeLorme Maps
    Alex McPhee’s giant maps of Canada

    • 36 min
    Andrew Middleton: “There’s something poetic about running a map store.”

    Andrew Middleton: “There’s something poetic about running a map store.”

    In early 2023 GIS analyst and cartographer Andrew Middleton saw a tweet about Andy Nosal’s search for someone to take over The Map Center, Nosal's map shop in Pawtucket, RI; six months later Middleton left California to move into one of the last map retail stores in the U.S. We discuss his goal of turning the shop into an inviting retail space and field trip destination, inciting new maps of New England with cartographic challenges, making space for local and expressive maps, and summing it all up with “This is a thing I get to do with my life; how amazing is that?” Bonus: former owner Andy Nosal joins us to drop pearls of retail wisdom and confirm that Andrew has the “irrational drive in the right direction” needed for this biz. Next time you're in Pawtucket drop by mapcenter.com


    @themapcenter on IG
    Anne Hall Antique Prints
    Muncie Map Company
    Schein & Schein
    The Map Shop
    City Maps coloring book by Gretchen Peterson
    Landforms of the United States by Erwin Raisz
    Maps by Great Swamp Press
    Lay O’ The Land Rhode Island map by Legend Bicycles
    RI map embroidery kit by Savory Stitch
    All Mapped Out coasters
    All Over the Map by Betsy Mason & Greg Miller
    Hugg-A-Planet Globe Pillows

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    • 50 min
    Lionel Portier: “What I'm trying to convey with my maps is the pleasure of seeing beautiful things.”

    Lionel Portier: “What I'm trying to convey with my maps is the pleasure of seeing beautiful things.”

    Lyonnais illustrator and designer Lionel Portier on a mapmaking career that spans 30 years and five continents, accepting any map challenge an art director might conceive, a travel magazine gig that led to an Australian passport, painting 100 birds for a wetland park, his favorite territory to illustrate, spending three months on a 3x4-ft. map of Bruges, why he never carries a sketchbook on a walk, and conveying with his maps the “pleasure of seeing beautiful things.” See his work at lionelportier.com


    A Bird’s Eye View of Bruges
    The Travels of Nicolas Baudin (the map that induced Lionel to move to Australia)
    France’s "Iron Belt" of Vauban Forts
    Bird illustrations for the Hong Kong Wetland Park and Museum
    MC Escher’s Day and Night

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    • 28 min

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