Fake Maps Are The Best Maps

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Karl Vesterberg is a freelance artist from Sweden who has a particular thing for fictional hand-drawn maps and city illustrations.

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This is the kind of work you normally see on a map screen, or board game board, or coffee table guide book, and it is very much my fetish.

In addition to the fantasy stuff, though, Vesterberg has also been working with the National Archives of Sweden in Gothenburg to “produce visual representations that mediate the written and visual source material to Gothenburg’s history from the 17th to 20th century.”

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You can see more of Vesterberg’s work at his personal site.


Illustration for article titled Fake Maps Are The Best Maps
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Illustration for article titled Fake Maps Are The Best Maps
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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I’ve done that too, especially when I read a book that does not have a map itself, or mapping out games stuff (I like to expand ingame maps with paper equivalents and then translate them into cross-stitch patterns). One of the programs I use when I don’t hand draw them is this:

https://www.otherworldmapper.com/

It was on Kickstarter a few years ago and is quite possibly one of, if not the, best projects I’ve ever backed. It’s a great little mapping tool and the creator is still doing updates and adding things to this day (they just did an update last week ago or so).

TLDR: Maps are fun!