See A Beautiful, Data-Enriched Map of New York City

Marcus Kirby’s (real) maps are gorgeous works of art packed with information.

Londoner Marcus Kirby was bored with traditional maps and pastel-colored countries, so he started a company to revive the age-old business of cartography. The Future Mapping Company uses traditional map-making techniques (lithographic instead of digital) to create colorful, intricate city representations. Most recently, the company has created a map of New York City, to be released later this month.


The NYC map is painted with a mixture of bright colors and metallics and includes color-coded bike lanes (shared and protected), as well as 1,700 public parks and public spaces. He also denotes various landscapes: from marshland to woodland to car parks, which are definitely their own distinct environments in New York.

About the author

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.