Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.


Anne Tyler's Baltimore


Last week, NPR’s Morning Edition ran an interview with author Anne Tyler. To accompany the story, colleagues Becky Lettenberger, Tracy Wahl and I worked on a photo-map of her Baltimore neighborhood, where many of her books take place. Tyler’s Baltimore is very different from The Wire. Photographer Chris Hartlove (also a neighbor of Tyler’s) shot some beautifully moody-yet-vibrant photos of the neighborhood.

Stamen Design made a splash the week before with some beautifully rendered watercolor map tiles, which they made available for free via a Creative Commons license. We thought that the style paired well with Hartlove’s photography. I ran out of time to make this a truly interactive / zoomable map, and instead took a screenshot of the map at a single zoom level and layered all my pins on top of that. More about those map tiles: How Stamen Generated the Tiles | Watercolor Textures

The type on the map is set with H&FJ’s Sentinel. We usually set our maps in various weights of Helvetica Neue Condensed, but Sentinel seemed better suited to this application.

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