Jocelyn says: "As the last installment in Julia Turner’s Signs series for Slate, Julia presents a professional analysis of hand-drawn maps that were submitted by readers. These humble, messy maps are charming and fascinating in their forms, and altogether useful for whom they were drawn for.
And it's unlikely that any software would produce the map [above], drawn for a Slate reader by a friend: It's a guide to the neighborhoods of Paris, put in terms a young New Yorker can understand. Although the map is simplistic and juvenile, the effort to match Parisian arrondissements with demographically corresponding areas in Brooklyn is a conceptually interesting way to present information about an unfamiliar town.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.
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