Belgium has a lot going on for such a small little nugget. Brussels is technically on the Flemish side of the country but is a majority French-speaking population. It's also the seat of the EU. A lot going on in the international political arena!
The pentagonal city center is simplified to the major axes that cut through the shape. Nicely situated "garden cities" dotted around the outer ring roads. This entire map seems to swirl inward on itself like a whirlpool along a rivers edge.
ABOUT THE IDEA
Information is more fun to read when it's beautiful. I've designed these charts and maps with hours of research, reassembling data into a brain-friendly aesthetic. I edit the information significantly, avoiding the "dazzle" effect which occurs when our eyes are battered with too much information. Letterpress makes it even more gorgeous.
ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING
Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All letterpress prints are slammed with 600 pounds of pressure, creating a deep, tactile texture. The ink gets embedded into the thick soft paper so it won't fade within your lifetime. Read more about letterpress printing here.
Your local frame shop is going to do a better job than anyone else. There's a reason this craft endures and cannot be automated: It's skilled work that is best done face-to-face in physical space.
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