Personal Wayfinding: Your Thoughts as Maps

| April 2, 2013

Even after combing over almost every surface of the planet, humans continue to be fascinated by maps. Their ability to visually display how we perceive our surroundings compels us to constantly evaluate our environments. In her book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (And Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps, Becky Cooper collects 75 hand-filled maps of Manhattan and uses them as personalized storytelling tools.

Cooper’s project revolves around a simple map of Manhattan which she letterpressed by hand and distributed to strangers, asking them to draw “their Manhattan” and email the finished maps to her. She was flooded with maps and collected the best in her book.

Despite knowing the physical landmarks of the city, Cooper’s mapmakers (both famous and non) ┬áreveal their individual stories, memories and perceptions about Manhattan. These very personal portraits of the city are totally unique to each mapmaker and will give details both about them as a person and their perception of New York. Maps are filled with conversations, favorite restaurants and random coincidences that reveal an intimate relationship with New York.