This map is rich in details and subtle nuances portraying the US as a tapestry of basic geographic elements inlaid with a broad, multi-cultural spectrum of landmarks. Award winning cartographer David Imus, dedicated 6000 hours to meticulously craft this, maximizing information and readability with an emphasis on detailed topography. An intrinsically useful piece of art that will draw you in with beautiful cartographic detail and inspire a greater appreciation of, the real places it was inspired by. Completely indexed on back with all cities, landmarks and places of interest, this is a uniquely fascinating map is superb for ride-planning. Printed on high-quality heavy paper. 50"×35.3".
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Customer Reviews (4)
- Follow Up To More Than Just a MapReview by Rich
Got my map back from the framer and it looks even better. I had them laminate a clear material that allows me to use dry board markers and then erase. Perfect for planning trips, plotting assaults on blue highways, or showing the grandkids where I've been.
(Posted on 11/21/15)
- More Than A MapReview by Rich
- OK, thirty bucks is a heck of a lot of money for a map, but this is more than just a map - it is art. Everything the product description says is true. As any map, there will be a favorite road that didn't make it on there, but I was surprised at the detail. It comes shipped rolled up in a tube so there are no fold lines, so you can take it to your favorite framer. That's where mine is going. This is art. Art that will keep me smiling on dark cold winter nights. (Posted on 10/14/15)
- great wall mapReview by anthony
Fine road map that will hang around for years. For planning we use a yellow highlighter to market where we want to go. Then highlight the route red after we ride it. A map distance measurement tool also is a great addition to help with quick planning.
tony (Posted on 2/20/13)
- Launchpad of roadtrip dreamsReview by RIck G
- Kudos to Aerostich for adding this to the catalog. This is an amazing map! Beautiful cartography, useful detail, old world craftsmanship for the computer age. I hung this on the wall of my office the day it arrived and enjoy looking at it (and planning my next trip) every day. I'll be giving these as gifts this year... (Posted on 10/8/12)
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Pure Map Porn
Thanks for suggesting that title, Sev*…you're right, this map is exactly that. It's the best USA map we've ever seen, bar none. National Geographic, AAA, Rand McNally. Whoever. Whatever. A close look and direct comparison tells it. You get lost in the details.
There's quite a back story to this map, and it's creator, too. Here's a little more about this from the Slate website, written by Seth Stevenson: The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You'll Ever See
"How will you signify elevation and forestation? How will you imply the hierarchy of city sizes? How big must a town (or an airport, or a body of water) be to warrant inclusion? And how will you convey all of this with a visual scheme that’s clean and attractive?"
"The big mapmaking corporations of the world employ type-positioning software, placing their map labels (names of cities, rivers, etc.) according to an algorithm. The result is a rough draft of label placement, still in need of human refinement. The overall goal is often a quick and dirty turnaround, with cost and speed trumping excellence and elegance."
"By contrast, David Imus worked alone on his map seven days a week for two full years. Nearly 6,000 hours in total. He used a computer (not a pencil and paper), but absolutely nothing was left to computer-assisted happenstance. Imus spent eons tweaking label positions. Slaving over font types, kerning, letter thicknesses. Scrutinizing levels of blackness. It’s the kind of personal cartographic touch you might only find these days on the hand-illustrated ski-trail maps available at posh mountain resorts."
The cartography is driven by the creators desire to show the country in a new way, clearer and more helpful for visualizing what's actually out there. Read the full article on Slate here.