I have been creating typographic maps of (mostly) London for over 8 years. In 2012, I created The Literary London Map. The first of a pop-culture-themed trilogy of typographic maps of London Town. The Literary London Map was followed in 2015 by The London Film Map, and the trilogy was completed in 2018 with The Music Map of London. Each map celebrates the capital’s credentials as one of the world’s most iconic, cinematic and creative cities. From London’s legendary literary heritage and deep down music cool. Featuring novels, films and some of the best musicians in history, all plotted in the locations they are most famously associated. Each map is a labour of love, taking up to a year to complete.
During this period, my obsession led me to create a number of other typographic maps of my home town. Exploring London’s streets and pubs, a map of the bridges over the river Thames. My take on London’s underground tube map, and my latest piece, Animals Of London, packed with London’s creatures great and small.
My maps have been featured in Time Out, The Independent, The Evening Standard, among many others. On the front cover of the Japanese Brain Magazine, Buzz Feed, countless blogs, and in numerous map compendiums, including the Londonist’s Mapped book.
First up, my latest piece. An illustrated typographic map of our capital, packed with creatures great and small. Plotting all the places you can find our furry, feathery or scaly friends, including zoos, parks, farms and museums. Animals from the pages of novels and history books, famous pets and animal landmarks, jostling for position with escaped tigers, chimpanzees and eagles. Think dog libraries, cat emporiums, hedgehog graffiti and pet cemeteries. And over a hundred dalmatians.
I have partnered with the London Wildlife Trust who get 20% from each map sold.
Next, a dense typographic map jamming to the sound of London’s rich musical heritage. Bringing centre stage a heady, curated mix of music, musicians, songs and lyrics that make our Capital one of the most rocking cities in the world. Dig deep to enjoy discovering places made famous in song, songs about the city, and references to the places musicians were born, gigged, lived it up and partied, but also where they crashed and burnt or died. Spy the locations of iconic recording studios, music videos and famous album covers, Abbey Road, oversized inflatable pigs, Firestarters and Waterloo sunsets. Nine months of agonisingly detailed typography and research went into this unique journey into London’s lyrical underbelly.
A map of the capital featuring characters from the pages of novels based in London. The famous and infamous. And also the less well known. Those with an amazing moniker or brilliantly conceived nickname who are a credit to their creator. Each character has been plotted in the corners of the city they most liked to roam or chose to call home (sometimes at Her Majesty’s Pleasure).
An intricate hand-crafted typographic map of London swarming with film titles, actors and directors, plotted on the map where they most made their mark. Also featuring some of London’s most iconic picture houses, film studios and red carpet locations. Combining hand-drawn typography and illustration, celebrating the capital’s credentials as one of the world’s most iconic cinematic cities.
London’s iconic tube map, transformed into a pit-stop journey through styles of storytelling, with the individual tube lines turned into storylines and genres of literature. The depths of the Northern Line have been made into the aptly named Horror Line. The Bakerloo Line coursing past Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street becomes the Crime & Mystery Line. The pink trajectory of the Hammersmith & City is converted to the Romance Line. Stations falling on intersecting Storylines get a sub-genre cross over.
Every Londoner has their favourite stomping ground. That little corner of the city that feels theirs. That you get to know like the back of your hand. This new art piece is a dense, typographic street map of Central London. Which was a whole year in the making. A painstakingly intricate and very almost accurate* hand-crafted type map of our beloved capital. Which is designed to actually be navigable. Find the road you live on, the street you hang out in or the patch you’re itching to move to. Use it to plot a new cycle route to work, or plan a day’s riverside hopping along the curved sweep of the Thames.
*I cannot be held responsible for any miscellaneous misdirections when following this map. London’s sheer density means I couldn’t include every single cut through and side street. So apologies in advance for any omissions and any lost-makings caused.
I did say at the top that these maps were ‘mostly’ of London. Well this one is an intricately crafted type map of the British Isles. Six painstaking months in the making, from Penzance to Thurso, Dublin up to Belfast, Cardiff and Swansea, Glasgow and Edinburgh. And of course, London.
‘Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew –
Wanted to know what the River knew,
Twenty Bridges or twenty-two,
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that River told.’
Another piece in the Literary London Art Print Collection, hand-crafted typographic art featuring the opening lines to ‘The River’s Tale’ by Rudyard Kipling in the shape of the river Thames, with all the relevant bridges plotted in position.
A guide to the pubs where all the fictional characters we know and love frequented. Also the clubs that the authors were members of, where they wined and dined and gambled the night away. The smoking holes, the opium parlours, from high to low, the classy to the dens of iniquity. All of the places the notorious characters used to gather to plot, scheme and make merry.
Also the Paparazzi’s favourite stake outs; the places celebrities tumble out of. The actors and narrators who bring the stories to life.
A guide map of Fulham (as of 2012), things to do and places to go. The pubs, antique shops, markets and parks, outdoor cinema and football.
This was created as a commission as is currently not available as a print.
Over the years I have created Limited Edition runs of screenprints in different colours and sizes.
This next one is a compact central London version of the more extensive Literary London Map, made up of hand-crafted fictional characters plotted on the map in the place they’re most associated.
This next one is a smaller version of the London Film Map, swarming with film titles, actors and directors, plotted on the map where they most made their mark. Also featuring some of London’s most iconic picture houses, film studios and red carpet locations.
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