09 September 2006

Raven Maps

Simply put, Raven publishes beautiful wall maps. Most using hypsometric tints. This is a system of assigning different color values to elevation ranges. It's an effective way to display elevation, but Raven uses this method to great decorative advantage. Map titles include the world, USA, and individual states.

Cartifact Gallery of Jan Smits

A great collection of products, advertisements, etc. that use map images, and map-image products.

We in the industry call map-image products "map crap" but that's often unfair. Some of them are really nice!

07 September 2006

Road Map Collectors Association (RMCA)

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


Want to see the biggest and best map store in the world?

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.

International Map Trade Association (IMTA)

IMTA is a voice and resource for individuals, companies, firms and institutions who are engaged in the production and sale of maps, globes, travel guides, spatial information and related products and materials.

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.