double takes: Typographic Maps: Nancy McCabe

Chicago-based artist Nancy McCabe is the genius behind these typographic world maps. Her maps are not muddled with borders, lines or symbols and contain only soft colors and names of cities, states, countries and other geographical features. They are available in watercolor and black and white on Etsy. I can’t think of a more splendid union between typography and cartography.

(Found via Co.Design / Images via Nancy McCabe)

double takes: The Geography of Youth: Part 2

Last month I posted about the utterly awesome and inspiring Geography of Youth Project. Alan and Morrigan have done awesome things, are doing awesome things and are about to do something very awesome. In July they’re setting out to bike some 30,000 miles around the world, while photographing and telling the tales of twenty-somethings in over 50 countries. Whew!

So, why the recap? Their

Kickstarter campaign has less than 60 hours left and they’re so, so, so very close to reaching their goal and getting the money they’ve raised so far. Watch the above video, visit their website and if you are as moved and motivated by their project as I am, consider helping their cause.

Double Takes: Endless Journey: Chun Kyung-Ja (천경자)

A few months ago, I caught the Chun Kyung-Ja (천경자) exhibit at the Seoul Museum of Art. A good number of her paintings were on display, but I was completely taken by the work in her

Endless Journey series, which featured paintings from Chun’s world travels between the years 1960 and 1990. I love how robust and full of color her pieces are.

(1. Granada’s Market by Chun Kyung-Ja via) (2. Painting by Chun Kyung-Ja Via)

Double Takes: The Geography of Youth

It’s no secret on this blog that I’m a bike lover. I have never owned a car, but I’ve always had a bicycle to call own. In college, along with my writing degree, I studied geography. What’s the point of all this? Just a little context to why The Geography of Youth project has got me all giddy.

“Leaving in July of 2011 from Fairbanks, Alaska we (Alan and Morrigan) will bicycle 30,000 miles around the world through more than 50 countries documenting what life is like for twenty-somethings all over the planet. We will be sharing those stories and our adventures from the road with the online community through digital postcards on this website.”

It’s brilliant I tell you, brilliant! The only thing I dislike about this project is that Alan and Morrigan are not riding through Seoul. If they were, I’d insist on making friends with them.

double takes: Walking Men 99: Maya Barka


Walking Men 99 is a fabulously conceived art installation and collaborative project headed by Maya Barka. In the artist’s own words:

The subject of this project started with one of New York City’s most familiar street icons, one that repeatedly appears in the pedestrian traffic light we meet every day. As one of NYC’s most recognizable figures, the ‘walking man’ is also an international celebrity, a graphic sign that transcends all languages and places, and appears in various forms around the world as an integral part of our urban landscape.