It's been quiet here on the blog. The reason being that we have been rushed off our feet since the launch of our latest maps.
That's good news, right? Well, yes, but we do feel we have neglected our little journal here.
OK, today is about some cool stuff we came across with a little bit of mentions about our maps too.
We are great fans of the guys at Escape the City. Jonny Miller, tribe leader @Escthecity and all round great guy, wrote this 100 list to commemorate that he was born just over 10,000 days ago. A GREAT 17 minutes read.
Lovely Valentine's display from @paper_smiths in Bristol (one of our stockists) featuring our Let's Negotiate map.
Do you wish you could create something meaningful? Do you wish you had the time to work on that thing you’ve always wanted to produce—that novel, that piece of art, that passion project? Then read this:
CREATE A MASTERPIECE: A 16-STEP GUIDE
It's Mental Health Awareness week in May. It's something that is still not talked about enough. We've been humbled by being chosen as one of the products for February's Blurt Buddy Box from the inspiring Blurt Foundation, an organisation to increase awareness and understanding of Depression.
Some of the maps being bagged up for the Blurt Foundation Buddy Box
Watch the inspiring TED talk by Jayne Hardy, the founder of The Blurt Foundation, entitled: What you don't see about depression.
Dear Stranger, a collection of letters from a range of authors to an imagined stranger on the theme of hope and happiness is on sale from today - in aid of Mind. The collection, published by Mind charity partner Penguin Random House, sees authors including Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Matt Haig, Caitlin Moran, Kevin Bridges and Marian Keyes offer their innermost thoughts on what happiness means to them.
Read Sir Richard Branson's letter.
We love Thoughtful, digital magazine, studio and community bringing thoughtful, creative people together to change the world. Created by Daianna Karaian, each quarter they bring together a group of contributors with a fresh perspective on a thought-provoking topic.
The Fix issue, winter 2017 makes for a great read. Thank you Daianna for featuring our What's Bugging You? map in the Wishlist: a curated set of items for getting your fix on.
They are working on their next issue: STREET. Daianna is looking for a talented team of writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and other creators to show what thoughtful lifestyle, design and culture looks like out on the street. If you or someone you know would like to be featured, take a look at how they work with contributors and get in touch, or subscribe to their newsletter.
And finally, thank you to Eminé Rushton for featuring our Let's negotiate map in the #360me section of the December 2016 issue of Psychologies.
We're ecstatic to announce the launch of our brand new Mapology Guides. They've been in the works for many months and it is always such a labour of love.
Selecting our contributors is a very exciting, yet challenging part as we try and make sure we'll have a great working relationship and that they'll be able to grasp the Mapology thinking method. All this takes time. So when we unveil new maps, it very much feels like a birth.
May I present our brand new maps to you.
Detail of Let's Negotiate map
Do you ever negotiate in your relationships? Hmm,we do it on a daily basis with loved ones, friends and family, often unaware that we're actually doing it. As very few of us are trained in how to negotiate, many situations can end in misunderstanding at best and conflict at worst.
Let's Negotiate contains 15 beautifully illustrated fun tips to help you hone those skills. That way you’ll be better at navigating the inevitable choppy waters of every relationship.
Do you struggle to make decisions, from what to eat for lunch to asking for a pay rise? Do you panic at the thought of dealing with your dilemmas? Imagine if decision making was easy. How to Make Better Decisions contains an algorithm with nine tools which should help you resolve any dilemma, quickly and easily.
Why not hop over to the online shop where they've just been uploaded. Give us a few weeks to get them to retail shops.
Oh, one more thing. We're also unveiling our atelier. Go and see what that's all about.
As we're counting down to the launch of our brand new Mapology Guides, we're taking a look at our existing talented illustrators.
Meet Nanna Koekoek, who is the illustrator of our map of marvellous pets.
For more images see the map in our shop. Image © Mapology Guides Limited
Nanna produced this charming zine called Nanzine so that people can learn a little bit more about her. I cherish my copy.
Images of Nanzine © Nanna Koekoek
Except working on new commissions, Nanna also helped us with a project for our Atelier.
We were asked by Burgess to come up with a guide for feeding rabbits that they could give away to their veterinary customers. Nanna did the illustrations in record time. Aren't they gorgeous?
Images of Burgess Poster © Mapology Guides Limited
We can't wait to do another project with Nanna.
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. His bestselling books have included Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work. They have been published in over 20 languages. Roman’s writings have been widely influential amongst political and environmental campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, psychologists and designers.
His new book is being crowdfunded on Unbound and has already reached over 50% of its funding. Carpe diem means to seize the day! The book explores how the spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumer culture, 24/7 entertainment and the mindfulness movement, and how we can claim it back for the art of living and social change.
If you're into marketing or into Entrepreneurship, you would have heard of Seth Godin.
So, who is Seth Godin? He's an American best selling author, entrepreneur, marketer, blogger and public speaker. His popular daily blog is gospel to many people and his TED talk: the tribes we lead is one of my favourites. Seth has written 18 books.
So why am I telling you all this? Ah, because in a few hours I'll be one of the lucky people to experience Seth Godin live Q&A in London and I am beyond excited!
Nearly five hours of Q&A, covering strategy, tactics and the revolution we're all living in, this full-day intensive, for like-minded people, is aimed at providing us with a foundation to leap. This is our chance to meet fellow "ruckusmakers", ask questions, and most of all, learn from the challenges others are facing.
All tickets sold within a couple of days and all attendees were invited to join the live Slack group.
You don't have to loose out. In 2014, Seth created three courses on Skillshare:
The New Business Insider - learn to understand and build new projects and businesses. Among the top-rated courses on Skillshare.
The Modern Marketing Workshop - the definitive marketing course online, more than 10,000 students have enrolled.
The Impresario Institute - Build and lead a tribe, recorded in front of a live audience.
The It's My Party display stopped me in my tracks as I entered the Museum of Childhood.
It takes a look at children's birthday parties from the perspective of both children and parents. The centrepiece is a life-sized installation telling the story of Wilfred, a shy resident of the Museum. Wilfred doesn't want to celebrate his birthday, but regrets his decision when he finds himself all alone on the day with a solitary cupcake. The story has a happy ending, as Wilfred's friends organise a surprise party, with a lavish feast and gifts that money can't buy.
The museum questions whether the expectations of children's birthday parties have escalated out of control? Does expense and scale necessarily equal the best' party or are there less indulgent ways of making birthdays special, memorable events?
Artists and children from Rushmore Primary School Hackney, and St John's Primary School Tower Hamlets, have collaborated to create the installation 'Wilfred's Party', a party with a difference.
On one display a box with gift labels suggests alternative gifts which cost time and not money such as ‘play with them every day’, ‘sing them a song’ and ‘dress up in a funny costume to make them laugh’ .
We at Mapology Guides couldn't agree more. It's not always about money, the best, the most expensive. It's about the right present. But then we published a map on the subject.
The exhibition runs until 4th October 2015 and entry is free. For more information see http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/home/
We all know how technology has changed so many industries. One such industry is education and how we learn.
Who remembers the afternoon Photoshop courses in a dark basement office for the price of £700 per delegate? I do! Well, those days are over. Not quite it seems, there are still people out there making a mint in teaching courses like photoshop for a day or weekend, but this time they're held in beautiful big white warehouse spaces surrounded by food, balloons and flowers.
These days I mostly opt for online courses because these new breed of online platforms have really transformed the way we can now learn a new skill or simply satisfy a hobby.
Here are my two preferred online platforms and I can't recommend their courses enough. I've taken quite a few and will highlight some of my favourites.
Classes taken and recommended:
The modern marketing workshop
Illustrating Patterns: Creating hand-Drawn Wallpaper
Julia Rothman, Illustrator
Character Illustrations: From feelings to Faces
Christine Flemming (linked to all her classes)
Map making: Learn how to communicate places beautifully
Anne Ditmeyer (linked to all her classes)
Photoshop Yourself: Learn how to Transform a Portrait
Ty, W... Designer & Illustrator
For anyone looking to make a career as an illustrator, go check out Lisa Congdon's newest class (launched yesterday 1st September).
Professional Practice in illustration: Following a creative brief and executing an Assignment.
You can also read Lisa's announcement of her new class.
Now to the second platform, equally brilliant and focusing on craft classes and workshops.
My favourite so far has been
I'm excited for these new classes, amongst them a New Sketchbook explorations class by Lisa Congdon.
As we've approached Autumn and days are getting shorter, I look forward to learning as much as I can.