Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
map² - The Zoomable Map on Paper project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Unfold to zoom: map² is a beautiful map that lets you zoom in to a more detailed view without going digital. Help make one of New York!

Unfold to zoom: map² is a beautiful map that lets you zoom in to a more detailed view without going digital. Help make one of New York! Read more
306
backers
£10,782
pledged of £20,000 goal

About this project

UPDATE: 196 comments, 73 suggestions for new cities, 3 new rewards, 1 stretch goal... Find out more

Even if your city is not available yet, please back the project.

If 25% of the viewers of this project donated $10, the project would be fully funded. Today! 

Buzz

WIRED - "Ingenious Zoomable Paper Map"  

CORE77 - "Fantastic design for a low-tech, zoomable paper map - Map², "The zoomable map on paper", uses nothing but folding and carefully-considered printing to achieve its killer app." 

FASTCOMPANY - "Who needs smartphone apps when you've got a lot of ingenuity and some paper? ... Amazing interaction design needn't be complex. It doesn't even need to be high-tech. And in retrospect, it's probably stunningly obvious - Which is the mark of any great design." 

BOINGBOING - "Map² is a clever London streetmap: each of its quadrants unfolds to show a zoomed-in view of that region, then refolds again quickly and easily." 

COOLTHINGS - "Map² Makes The Paper Map Zoomable - Map² is looking to cut into our over-reliance on electronic maps a little by adding at least one level of zoom to the classic paper map. ...With its zoomable mechanism, it's quite possibly the coolest map I've ever seen." 

GIZMODO - "This Map Zooms In As You Unfold It - The Map², a "zoomable map on paper", is a clever invention that packs more detailed maps underneath its folds."  

UBERGIZMO - "Zoom Into Paper Maps The Old Fashioned Way - We're all so used to multi-touch zooming nowadays, it really does make you feel intrigued when you can get hold of a traditional paper map that you can zoom in."

NERDAPPROVED - "Map²: The World's Most High Tech Paper Map - I think my days of paper maps are gone forever, but if I had to use one, the Map² would be my first choice..." 

GRINDIST - "Unfold to zoom: This small, paper map of London is a design marvel, with a zoom-in capability that feels decidedly new school."

map²

map² is a simple and beautiful paper map with a twist - you can zoom in and out. With its patented folding technique, map² allows you to unfold sections of the map to reveal an enlarged view of that same area with more detail. 

  • map² allows you to quickly find what you need without wrestling with a king-size map. 
  • map² removes the need to unfold unnecessary parts or the entire map. 
  • map² lets you zoom into greater detail. 
  • map² provides you with an enormous amount of detail - indeed four maps in one - while still being pocket-sized. 

map² is the map that combines interactivity with the beautiful and tactile experience of paper. It pairs functionality with design. It is the map about more than just finding your way from A to B. It is about exploring and browsing a city. It doesn't pinpoint your location but instead allows you to get a mental picture of the place you are in and the place you are going. All in a surprisingly simple way.

About the project  

I originally released map² as a zoomable map of the city of London. It caused a lot of interest and enthusiastic responses and many people have asked for additional cities.

Reacting to the requests, I decided to adopt the concept for a map² city series. I designed a new version of the zoomable map of London as well as a zoomable map of Berlin to start off the new city series. New York is in preparation and of course other cities are to follow quickly.

A great amount of love, energy and attention to detail went into the maps as well as hundreds of hours of design work. Various tests with several printing companies were required to establish and then further improve the production process. Although one might think it is just a folded sheet of paper, the required printing and finishing process is very complex and everything needs to be extremely accurate. 

I am now at a stage where I am ready to release a series of maps and to get them into the shops, but I need your help to make it all happen and to speed up the process to get new cool cities out quickly.

Funding

Your support will help me finish the design of the zoomable map of New York (the next city in line), manufacture New York as well as London and Berlin in large volume, and optimize and speed up the design process for new cities. Manufacturing the maps in high quality requires a complex printing and finishing process. Also, all the maps get hand-folded.

As I can't produce all of the cities that have been requested at the same time, I would like you to tell me which city should be next

Other requested cities:

  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • Barcelona
  • Tokyo
  • Los Angeles
  • Milan
  • Sydney
  • Amsterdam
  • Stockholm
  • Venice
  • Tel Aviv
  • Sao Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Copenhagen
  • Bangkok
  • Rome
  • Moscow
  • Seoul

Is there another city you would like to get added to the list? Let me know!

Gallery

map²: LONDON | Unfold to zoom
map²: LONDON | Unfold to zoom
map²: BERLIN | Street map level 1
map²: BERLIN | Street map level 1
map²: BERLIN | Overview map and public transport map
map²: BERLIN | Overview map and public transport map
map²: LONDON | Overview map and public transport map
map²: LONDON | Overview map and public transport map
map²: BERLIN | Detail of street map level 2
map²: BERLIN | Detail of street map level 2
map²: LONDON | Detail of street map level 2
map²: LONDON | Detail of street map level 2

Product Specs 

  • Dimensions - 4" x 4" | 10 x 10 cm (folded)
  • Material - matt paper
  • Zoomable city map 
  • 4 Maps in 1
  • 2 Street maps 
  • 1 Overview map of the city
  • 1 Public transport map
  • Hand folded
  • PVC sleeve
  • Patented folding

Thank you!

For more information please send an e-mail to info@thezoomablemap.com.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be to reach the funds needed. The printing and production process has been successfully tried and tested and I am confident that the maps will be produced and finished to the highest of standards.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $12

    1 MAP NEW YORK - Get 1 zoomable map of New York

    NOTE: This project is being funded in British Pounds but you can back it in any currency. £1 is around $1.50.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    53 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $12

    1 MAP LONDON - Get 1 zoomable map of London

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    90 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $12

    1 MAP BERLIN - Get 1 zoomable map of Berlin

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £13 or more About $20

    SEND AS A GIFT - 1 Zoomable map of New York, London or Berlin + a card with your personal message. We'll send it to a friend or loved one. Maps of London or Berlin can already be posted in August.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    3 MAPS MIX - Get 3 zoomable maps of your choice (New York, London, Berlin)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    98 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    3 MAPS NEW YORK - Get 3 zoomable maps of New York

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    3 MAPS LONDON - Get 3 zoomable maps of London

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    3 MAPS BERLIN - Get 3 zoomable maps of Berlin

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £40 or more About $62

    6 MAPS MIX: Get 6 zoomable maps of your choice (New York, London, Berlin)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £60 or more About $93

    10 MAPS MIX - Get 10 zoomable maps of your choice (New York, London, Berlin)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge £3,000 or more About $4,674

    CUSTOMISATION - Want to give-out your own zoomable map with the location of your organisation, or event marked on it? Or even your home address highlighted? Great as gift or giveaway. This reward gets you the design service and one print run. Email me for details before pledging so I can check your location is within the displayed area of the city. Available for New York, London or Berlin.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,790

    SPONSORSHIP - Become the official sponsor of the first edition of the zoomable map of New York. Your name or the name of your organisation as sponsor will be printed on the New York map and will also be featured on the map² website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)