First there was one, then there were three.
Maps of Vancouver, but they’re not your usual maps. Instead they’re judgmental, and even possibly offensive for some.
But according to the Tumblr blog “Judgmental Maps” – that’s the intention.
The blog allows anyone to submit a map, and includes a set of ten instructions on how to make a map of your own city, including “Judge everyone – don’t leave anyone out!”.
“The magic happens when judgment is placed on the city from someone/a group who knows it inside and out and has a sense of humor about it. Only you know your city best, and even if you’re not funny, tell us what labels go where and we can spice it up to make readers laugh.”
The first time into Canada
Judgmental Maps posted all three Vancouver maps to their Facebook page, and also did a Twitter poll to find out which map Vancouverites think is the most accurate and offensive.
Trent Gillaspie , founder of Judgmental Maps, explains that it’s their first foray into Canadian cities.
“This is the first time up into Canada for us. The hockey-loving, poutine-gorging, maple syrup covered friend to the North.”
He says the response has been much more positive and viral than any other international cities that have been featured on his site.
LISTEN to the full interview with Trent here:
And the winner is…
“Number Three map was the winner from Twitters polls and things like that, from our social media outlets, regarding the accuracy of the map. However the Number One map by Laura Z, obviously is like a Judgmental Picasso. It’s been very well designed and you can tell that she has a lot of artistic talent, and she’s pout that into the map and showed her personality in there as well.”
Judgmental Maps, the book
Many maps have been submitted, approved and posted to the blog over the past few years, including maps for New Orleans, New York City, Budapest, and San Fernando Valley, to name a few.
The site has been so popular that a book is now in the works.