Focusing on beautiful islands around the world, created through a beautiful letterpress process, our LatLon are now available through our online store.
On December 2012 we brainstormed a nice christmas present for a friend's company's customers. Jositajosi wanted something useful and beautiful for their customers, imbued with the spirit of the maker culture which they are part of. As the big cartographic fans we are, we pitch them the idea of mixing digital maps into a physical letterpress notebook and they loved it. We started tinkering with different data, DEMs and visualizations.
We created an interactive web map with the contour lines of Iceland, were we and Jositajosi are based, it looked pretty interesting, but we quickly realized that the constrains imposed by the small format of the notebook called for something simpler. We focused then on the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in Iceland in 02010 causing chaos across Europe.
After many hours generating vector data, manually retouching the isolines and editing the layout (see a detailed account here) we sent the final design to the printing studio. Everybody was happy with the result and we started sending them to jositajosi’s customers, friends and family. The response was amazing. Customers loved so much that we put the remaining copies up for sale. We sold out the limited edition of 1.000 units in just a few weeks.
During this time we received emails, questions and requests for new notebooks, displaying other places and geographical features. Wired published an article featuring our map and the notebooks and eventually selected it as one of the best maps of 2013. We enjoyed the process so much that we've decided to create a series of notebooks, this time focused on one of our favourites places: islands.
A series of high quality notebooks based on Islands around the world with a beautiful letterpress cover built using geographical open data.
We will produce at least 6 different designs for our Islands collection: Christmas Island, Easter Island, Saint Helena, Lesbos, Barbados, and Tahiti. Each of these islands have a beautiful topology and a fascinating story we want to share.
Read more about the project in Kickstarter
The topographic covers will be printed by Reykjavik LetterPress using the best paper and their long experience.
We'll release all the vector work generated in the notebooks as open source, giving early access to project's backers.
For the creation of these series we combine modern software techniques and ancient analog printing techniques to create beautiful physical notebooks rooted in digital data.