10 July 2014
15 December 2012
Daniel K. Wallingford was a visual artist known for his two satirical maps, "A New Yorker's Idea of the United States of America," and "A Bostonian's Idea of the United States of America." Both maps explored the chauvinism of inhabitants of the east coast cities in geographical terms.
13 June 2010
03 March 2010
In 1977 I met a guy socially who had recently started a map publishing company. His name was David DeLorme, and his company has since become a leader in the mapping industry. Then, it was David and a rotating cast of 2 - 4 others who worked for him. I sold him some ads on WBLM, the top rock station in the market.
06 December 2009
22 September 2009
These technologies have compelling features, and are typically inexpensive or free. It's apparent that many consumers no longer feel the need to own paper maps.
It's important for we map producers to remember that our products are not akin to buggy whips. Buggy whips became useless when horse-drawn carriages were replaced by the automobile. Paper maps and atlases retain the same functionality as they have always enjoyed.
While it's true that digital maps and software can perform some tasks faster and more easily than a paper map, there are drawbacks.
I don't want to suggest that the decline in sales of street and road maps and atlases can necessarily be reversed, but at the least we should be making our case for the usefulness of our product in marketing, product covers and displays in a way that might resonate with the public.
Eventually, those who have moved totally to digital solutions will experience equipment failure, difficulty finding a good re-route around traffic, a desire to know where they are in some kind of context, the ability to plan future trips with rich information.
Let's be there when they begin to again appreciate the value of paper maps.
12 September 2009
01 September 2009
28 August 2007
Thanks to Curtis Carroll of Benchmark Maps
Upton was more composed on the Today show. “I would love to re-answer that question,” she told Ann Curry. “Well, personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better.”
24 February 2007
After the oil companies stopped distributing free road maps in the 1970s, a new business was born. You could start your own business by buying map vending machines and placing them in gas stations and other locations. At that time, the gas stations didn't want to deal with buying and stocking maps, but they wanted to have them available (just as some convenience stores don't sell newspapers, but have machines outside).
After a decade the machines started disappearing as the major map companies began to control their own distribution, and found they could sell a wider range of products thatn just road maps in many of these locations.
The machine pictured above is in the car wash I go to, and it's the first one I've seen in many years. The maps in it are priced at $2.00, so you know they've been there a while, since most street and road maps are now at least $3.95. I think the machines were never updated once map prices rose and can only accept eight quarters.
One of the country's largest map publishers was born of the vending machine business. Two men in Lansing, Michigan, Bob Bond and Bert Green attended a meeting where the vending machine company was making the "own your own business" pitch. They both got into it and at some point decided to be partners. The company they formed is Universal Map Enterprises, now with offices in Michigan and Florida. At first, they were content to distribute maps of other publishers such as Gousha (now defunct). But they couldn't find a good map of Lansing, so they had one made. From that point they became a publisher as well as a distributor and now mosy of what they sell carries the Universal brand.
Here is an innovative use of a map vending machine. It has art created to fit and sell for $2.
09 September 2006
07 September 2006
Road maps are a special interest area that crosses two others: map collecting and automobilia. The RMCA web site offers lots of information on road maps, links to buyers and sellers, swap events and much more. The group hosts an active listserv and publishes a periodical newsletter for members.
06 September 2006
Visit London, and steps from Covent Garden you'll find Stanford's.
They recently celebrated their 150th anniversary with a total refit of the main store (they have locations Bristol and Manchester as well).
One of the unique features is that the floor tiles comprise enlarged images of maps.
At Stanford's you'll find the largest selection and most knowledgeable staff anywhere.
The IMTA web site contains a searchable directory of members and links to past issues of The Map Report, the trade publication of the commercial map publishing industry.
I am a past president of the association and also authored its first web site in 1995.