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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love that at the time they were drawn, these maps were useful and meant to explain something. But now these saved maps become records of a moment passed." --Book By Its Cover, September 20, 2010

"The Hand Drawn Map Association delivers this fascinating book which looks [at] the tossed aside world of personal map making." --Selectism, August 23, 2010

"Charting childhood memories, fantastic islands, and fictional territories, drawings from FROM HERE TO THERE: A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF THE HAND DRAWN MAP ASSOCIATION epitomize the idiosyncratic nature of any idealized locale." --Book Forum, Summer, 2010

"Thank you, Princeton Architectural Press, for bringing this fascinating book to my attention." --Ephemera Blog, August, 2010

"From Here to There is a fascinating anthology of hand drawn maps collated by the Hand Drawn Map Association." --ACEJET 170, August 30, 2010

"I think this is one of those books that people will spend some quality time with, both reading from cover to cover and flipping it open from time to time for inspiration." --Design Notes, August 18, 2010

"From the topographically queastionable to the disproportionate landmarks that dwarf whole countries, be it scribbled on a scrap bit of loo roll or an overly descriptive diagram, the maps in From Here to There are a fascinating collection." --It's Nice That, August 31, 2010

About the Author

Kris Harzinski runs a graphic design studio called Free Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jayne on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wanted this book because I love maps and it didn't disappoint. It's a sweet book and what I found especially wonderful were the descriptions for each map. While there is something rather nice about the size, it fits in your hand, I really wanted to see more of the some of the maps and it's diminutive size makes that difficult. But if you enjoy maps, found art, are a mail artist or even appreciate outsider art, this book should appeal to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin McCloskey on October 30, 2010
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From Here to There is the first book from the The Hand Drawn Map Association. Philadelphia-based artist Kris Harsinski has been collecting hand drawn maps for years. He finds maps dropped in laundromats. He sets up a table at indy lit events like the Philadelphia Zine fest and begs strangers to draw maps. Of course, he put out an open call on the internet. He has accumulated hundreds of maps; the variety is quite astounding. In 2008 he founded the Hand Drawn Map Association, or HDMA.

Maps vary, but most have a very specific purpose, and it is not always a matter of getting from point A to point B. Take the map of the best places to skateboard in Dallas, Pennsylvania. I found it charming, even though I am not likely to use that information. Cartoonist Dash Shaw's map of Boney Borough, loosely based on the original plans for Epcot, serves as reader's guide to his Body World comics. Another remarkable entry was by Marilyn Murphy, a young lady suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, who drew a body map of her medical injections.

There are maps by Stefan Sagmeister, Daniel McCloskey and Shakes. Full disclosure, I know some of these guys. I got to know Stefan Sagmeister just a bit when I drove him home to Manhattan during a blizzard after his talk at Kutztown, PA. Shakes,I've met him, too. He is a well-known zinester and busker in Pittsburgh's Strip district. Daniel McCloskey is my son, the founder of Pittsburgh's legendary Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writer's Cooperative. Shakes and Daniel contributed a map of Post-Apocalyptic Pittsburgh.

If you do draw maps, the HDMA is still looking for quirky work. From Here to There begins with this note: We would love to add your work to the collection. Please consider submitting your maps or diagrams to us at: handmaps.org
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2011
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FROM HERE TO THERE: A CURIOUS COLLECTION FROM THE HAND DRAWN MAP ASSOCIATION packs in a fine survey celebrating everyday hand drawn maps. Gathered from a range of sources and including fictional maps, maps of unusual places, and examples drawn by historical figures, this gathers all kinds of maps and is a fine addition to cartography and arts collections alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda tiller on December 10, 2013
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great idea...BUT. The maps are too small and the book cannot be fully opened; so it is very frustrating not being able to read the portion of the map that is lost in the spine of the book and therefore not readable. This book should have been printed in a hardcover formatted book that will lay flat so the art can be fully seen. Even if that made it pricey, at least it would have been functional. I was buying it as a gift for someone that will be annoyed by the poor design, so I am sending it back. Great idea for subject matter, but hopelessly poor design and execution.
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