There was nothing automated about making these maps, unless you count copying and pasting.
Everything was laid out manually, from tracing streets over an OpenStreetMap image, to nudging curved water text, to selectively erasing text to create a woven street pattern.
The Boston map
and Chicago maps differ in style, but the end result is similar:
from a distance it can appear as an accurate reference map, and as you get closer you notice the thousands of words it comprises.
This has been a fun, if long, process, and we hope other people can enjoy these maps as much as we have.
All images used by generous permission of Axis Maps.
See samples from typographic map posters from the Axis Maps Blog, September 2010 if you want to get copies for yourself!
Our project is to create a brand new biological cryptography system. We harness the incredible adaptability of simple organisms in the tortured environment to make sure that the message stored can be left undisturbed regardless of any environmental changes…
In our system, 1gm of E. coli can store max 931,322 GB data. In comparison, a typical hard disk can store 1 - 4GB/ gram.
As the leakage of national confidential information and personal privacy become more and more serous, we believe that this biological cryptography can help protect the important information of mankind.