You are Here : Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Paperback

You are Here : Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it.

But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places.

There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island.

There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker.

Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination.

What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention."You Are Here" is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps.

These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution.

With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, "You are Here" gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 100 illustrations, (50 colour )
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
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  • Category: Graphic design
  • ISBN: 9781568984308



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Cartographic eye-candy. I wish it were ten times as long.

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I came across this via Powell's reviews-of-the-day. I'm not a big map person, but these sounded fun. And many were. Others were lovely. The Bridget Booher text piece was particularly entertaining; I'm sad she doesn't really have anything else out there.

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Being an interesting collection of cartographical oddments, connected by occasional, somewhat disconnected short essays on related subjects.

Also by Katharine Harmon