This summer saw the launch of a creative, fresh online experience setting out to inspire the world. Maptia.com is hoping to become the Internet’s largest online map and help people to travel to all edges of the Earth. Born out of a backpacker’s desire for somewhere to impart and discover exceptional journeys, Maptia is set to become the place to record your personal experiences and follow others’ footsteps.
The team, from England and Switzerland, say that their project “will be a beautiful way to find and share memorable experiences all over the world.”
Looking through their accompanying blog you will most certainly be inspired. As the map progresses the inventive team have created a blog filled with photo essays, quotes and stories of travels to share with their followers. Their posts will leave you with more creative stimulation than you had imagined.
One relatively early post leads you to the fun and quirky “The World As It Isn’t” project. Here, the Maptia team are collating personal, hand-drawn maps from all over the globe. And they are to be created by you, the people who have experienced these places.
The team, based in the sleepy Moroccan town of Taghazout, share their own beautifully drawn map of their home. Ignoring the regular geographic elements of map drawing they have instead detailed the places that make this town their home and capture the essence of these through colourful illustrations.
Then it is over to you. They ask you to imagine a place that you have a special relationship with and to tell the story of your experiences there. Whether it is drawn on a napkin or a large sheet of paper, the people and followers of Maptia are keen to discover your place of choice. Submissions so far have come from all of the world, from Japan to Africa. It is time to share your pocket of the globe!
Once finished, send a photo of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them @Maptia. And give them a wave whilst you are at it. This excited and friendly group love meeting new people.
Start doodling on your train tickets to get involved with this project and become part of a creative, pioneering corner of the Internet.