Monday, February 20, 2012

From Here To There: A Curious Collection From The Hand Drawn Map Association By Kris Harzinski

From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association

From Here To There: A Curious Collection From The Hand Drawn Map Association By Kris Harzinski

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It's a situation we are all acquainted with: planning to visit friends in an unfamiliar part of the city, you draw yourself arudimentary map with detailed directions. In March 2008, graphic designer Kris Harzinski founded the Hand Drawn Map Association in order to collect just such drawings of the everyday. Fascinated by these accidental records of a moment in time, he soon amassed a wide variety of maps, ranging from simple directions to fictional maps, to maps of unusual places, including examples drawn by well-known historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, and Alexander Calder.

From Here to There celebrates these ephemeral documentsusually forgotten or tossed aside after having served their purposegiving them their due as artifacts representing stories from people's lives around the world. There is the young woman suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who created maps of the Humira injections on her stomach and thighs to help her remember the sites, and give them time to heal. Or the young boy who imagined a whole country for ants and put it to paper. Lucas from Australia drew an obsessively detailed map of his local traffic island, and a teenage girl contributed a map of her high school locker. Two American tourists got lost in the Bulgarian mountains following the hand drawn map of a local, and Britanny from Denmark drew directions to an animal rights protest in Copenhagen. The maps featured in From Here to There are as varied and touching as the stories they tell.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #262674 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-09-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 5.00" w x 7.40" l, .55 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 224 pages
Editorial Reviews

"I love that at the time they were drawn, these maps were useful and meant to explain something. But now these saved maps become records of a moment passed." --Book By Its Cover, September 20, 2010

"The Hand Drawn Map Association delivers this fascinating book which looks [at] the tossed aside world of personal map making." --Selectism, August 23, 2010

"Charting childhood memories, fantastic islands, and fictional territories, drawings from FROM HERE TO THERE: A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF THE HAND DRAWN MAP ASSOCIATION epitomize the idiosyncratic nature of any idealized locale." --Book Forum, Summer, 2010

"Thank you, Princeton Architectural Press, for bringing this fascinating book to my attention." --Ephemera Blog, August, 2010

"From Here to There is a fascinating anthology of hand drawn maps collated by the Hand Drawn Map Association." --ACEJET 170, August 30, 2010

"I think this is one of those books that people will spend some quality time with, both reading from cover to cover and flipping it open from time to time for inspiration." --Design Notes, August 18, 2010

"From the topographically queastionable to the disproportionate landmarks that dwarf whole countries, be it scribbled on a scrap bit of loo roll or an overly descriptive diagram, the maps in From Here to There are a fascinating collection." --It's Nice That, August 31, 2010

About the Author
Kris Harzinski runs a graphic design studio called Free Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4Lovely Little Book
By Lisa Jayne
I wanted this book because I love maps and it didn't disappoint. It's a sweet book and what I found especially wonderful were the descriptions for each map. While there is something rather nice about the size, it fits in your hand, I really wanted to see more of the some of the maps and it's diminutive size makes that difficult. But if you enjoy maps, found art, are a mail artist or even appreciate outsider art, this book should appeal to you.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5You are HERE, but want to be THERE
By Kevin McCloskey
From Here to There is the first book from the The Hand Drawn Map Association. Philadelphia-based artist Kris Harsinski has been collecting hand drawn maps for years. He finds maps dropped in laundromats. He sets up a table at indy lit events like the Philadelphia Zine fest and begs strangers to draw maps. Of course, he put out an open call on the internet. He has accumulated hundreds of maps; the variety is quite astounding. In 2008 he founded the Hand Drawn Map Association, or HDMA.

Maps vary, but most have a very specific purpose, and it is not always a matter of getting from point A to point B. Take the map of the best places to skateboard in Dallas, Pennsylvania. I found it charming, even though I am not likely to use that information. Cartoonist Dash Shaw's map of Boney Borough, loosely based on the original plans for Epcot, serves as reader's guide to his Body World comics. Another remarkable entry was by Marilyn Murphy, a young lady suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, who drew a body map of her medical injections.

There are maps by Stefan Sagmeister, Daniel McCloskey and Shakes. Full disclosure, I know some of these guys. I got to know Stefan Sagmeister just a bit when I drove him home to Manhattan during a blizzard after his talk at Kutztown, PA. Shakes,I've met him, too. He is a well-known zinester and busker in Pittsburgh's Strip district. Daniel McCloskey is my son, the founder of Pittsburgh's legendary Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writer's Cooperative. Shakes and Daniel contributed a map of Post-Apocalyptic Pittsburgh.

If you do draw maps, the HDMA is still looking for quirky work. From Here to There begins with this note: We would love to add your work to the collection. Please consider submitting your maps or diagrams to us at:

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A fine addition to cartography and arts collections alike
By Midwest Book Review
FROM HERE TO THERE: A CURIOUS COLLECTION FROM THE HAND DRAWN MAP ASSOCIATION packs in a fine survey celebrating everyday hand drawn maps. Gathered from a range of sources and including fictional maps, maps of unusual places, and examples drawn by historical figures, this gathers all kinds of maps and is a fine addition to cartography and arts collections alike.


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