Hand-drawn maps on display

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. 

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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.

Wonderful hand-drawn maps from firefighters, club-hoppers, Boy Scout dads, grandmothers, and Alexander Calder