Today I wanted to talk about the creative project that my friend Tina from the wonderful blog Colourliving has been working on called Mapology Guides. It’s been an amazing journey for Tina who told me about the idea late last year. I’ve been steadily watching the concept that started as an idea in her head, then turned into a work in progress and then became something tangible that I was able to physically hold in my hand. It’s been wonderful to see this great idea come to life.
Mapology Guides are about the decisions we make. We spend all day, everyday making them and we all tackle these decisions in a different way. These guides are a representation of alternative ways to tackle the decisions we make be them little or large. They tackle everyday questions to help us make better choices and decisions in life and do so in a thoughtful, fun and visually creative way.
The maps are curated by Tina Bernstein & Mike Abrahams and each map has been created by a different talented writer and illustrator utilising imagery to distill a complex audience in a fun, humorous and educational way. What I love even more is that in producing the maps, the creative team are recognised for their contribution and share in the success (or failure) of the project with 50% of profits split equally between them for 15 years.
So without further ado, here are the guides…
Be Present Perfect – is a map to help people get the right gifts for everyone, everytime. It’s a fun interactive map that gives you options for what you can buy that someone special. It takes the stress out of gift giving and gives plenty of opportunity for a laugh along the way if you ever have a Dodgy Relative or Sugar Daddy that is.
Writer – Simon Rodway & Illustrator – Miranda Sofroniou
What’s Bugging You? – Is my favourite of the 3. It’s about tackling lifes problems, big and small and provides insightful ways to address them and help us move on. I found myself sitting down to fill in the empty boxes posing questions such as What is the problem? and What are the smallest next steps you can take? A very insightful guide that I will be referring to for many years to come.
Writer – John-Paul Flintoff & Illustrator – Jenni Sparks
Would like to Meet… Matchmaking pets and people – is a matchmaking guide for people and pets. It includes animals for all occasions from cats and parrots to spiders and horses. This a great guide for those that would love to have a pet but are not sure which one would suit their needs. It’s beautifully illustrated and also provides informative information on the animals themselves such as the pets lifespan, potential costs and time needed.
Writer - Sarah Farley and Illustrator – Nanna Koekoek
Along with the guides, postcards are also available to either supplement or to go on their own.
When I received the guides, I was immediately drawn in by the colour illustrations and imagery. I then sat down and started to read each of the guides and was taken aback by the sheer complexity and level of thought that was put into each of them. They are not just fun because I must admit that I did laugh out loud while reading them, it was that they were all helpful and informative also.
I am so incredibly proud of Tina because I have seen first hand the hard work and dedication she has put into this project and I wish her all the best in her new venture.
As a special gift, Tina has kindly offered 1 set of each map and postcards to give away to Interior Novice readers so you can experience it for yourself. So all you need to do is leave a comment to the post below detailing which guide you would find most helpful in your life for the chance to win! The winners will be selected by using random.org and announced on Thursday 20th November. This is a world wide give-away.
But even if you don’t win, you can still purchase the guides from the Mapology web site.
Till next time. xD
Image Source: Provided by Mapology Guides
***Thank You for all that participated. This giveaway is now closed.***