BY ANTON WALKER
While I grew up learning how to read paper maps and fold them neatly back into their original shapes due to my geographer parents, I understand the inconvenience that unwieldy, prone-to-ripping paper maps can cause. Especially in today’s world of tech when we have the convenience of directions printed from Google maps or accessed directly on our smart phones, why use a traditional map? Luckily, Palomar has an answer that makes physical maps able to rival their digital counterparts – a crumple-friendly, water-resistant map made from an innovative material.
Arriving in Hong Kong in January, I was lost in the series of curved streets, escalators, and ferry terminals but luckily found the Crumpled City Map while perusing a bookstore. The map, designed by Emmanuele Pizzolorusso in Florence, where it is also manufactured, immediately became a daily necessity to help me navigate. It has survived sudden torrential downpours and being shoved into deep pockets of my backpack.
The map itself has aesthetically-pleasing modern tyepfaces and colors as well as a sidebar with helpful points of interest off the typical tourist track, labeled as “SoulSights”. My only complaint is that the map does not cover the entirety of Hong Kong, although it does cover the central area in which I spend the majority of my time.
Crumpled CityMaps are offered in for over 35 cities which will please any jetsetter including Lisbon, Melbourne, and Toronto. Also check out other designs form the same company including Pin City and Pin World Wall Maps to track your world travels at home, Crumpled City Junior Maps for kids, and the Crumpled Sky star map.