Remember the crisp feeling of a paper map in your hands? With GPS apps readily at our fingertips, paper maps are needed less often, though maps in the form of artwork are still quite popular. Maybe the colors are easy on the eye, or an artist got creative by rethinking how to draw it out. Perhaps it is a vintage feel that draws us in.

I love making maps and a group of friends joined in a mapping exercise this summer to create a map of our camp in Maine.

This Island Map was created by Sandra Bazany-Taylor (@bazanytaylor).⁠

Each of us drew upon our imaginations to draft what we thought the map should look like. And, behold, we all came up with very, very different renderings of the site.

Do you like creating maps or using maps as artwork in your home?

PS: Creative maps are one of the many topics in my newest Substack newsletter, out today! Visit to sign up to get this month’s issue, plus an exclusive bonus essay, for community members only.