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prettymaps (boston) by Aaron Straup Cope This August 2010 version of prettymaps is codenamed “Isola” after the Finnish textile designer Maija Isola. At a time when the tools for making custom maps and bespoke cartographies are becoming easier and more accessible, it is nice to look back at her work and imagine the maps she might have made if she were alive today.

Map of Amsterdam. Bought this bad boy from A new print for a new apartment.

prettymaps (amsterdam), by Aaron Straup Cope - 20x200 (from $60)

prettymaps (boston), by Aaron Straup Cope - 20x200 (from $60)

Aaron Straup Cope makes urban planning beautiful with his Pretty Maps of cities around the world. Being a Chicagoan, this is hanging in my kitchen!

I love maps ... the darker the color the more dense the population ... this one is DC/Baltimore - $60

prettymaps (paris) by Aaron Straup Cope

Map of New York City, Showing the Distribution of the Principal Nationalities by Sanitary Districts published in Harper’s Weekly (June 1, 1894) using 1890 U.S. Census data.

This print is based on an original Famille Summerbelle hand paper cut of Manhattan.

NYC Subway map in Michael Freimuth's Williamsburg Brooklyn apartment via @Design*Sponge

NYC Street Map, c.1949 Giclee Print Andy Warhol