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Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by
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Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit!

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All of Jazzberry Blue’s work revolves around that mid-century cutout aesthetic and limited color palette that has aged so gracefully. In his maps, each image has the cities name written in lyrical letters that compliment each metropolis’ signature street layout. Central Los Angeles is an absolute grid, only broken by the sweeps of freeways soaring overhead. Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn are equally gridded, but their uniformity is cut through by the winding East River. London is a mass of storied streets, designed by an older history, as are the even older roads of Jerusalem. These are just a small taste of the massive, and massively good collection of work by Jazzberry Blue over on Society6 or at jazzberryblue.com.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. Love the mid-century aesthetic of these maps. I’ve always been fascinated by cartography, but Jazzberry Blue puts a whole new spin on it.

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