Since Kansas City exists without any coastline to contain it, the metro area has oozed far from the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. So, we went beyond the city limits and chose to include a wider-than-normal composition. Complicating things, Kansas City Kansas (KCK) sits intimately beside KCMO. It's technically (and culturally) a different city in a different state, but sharing a name and metro area necessitated it staying on the map. An even more complicated angle is the city's long history of segregation, breaking the city into further pieces. It's really hard to say where the place starts and ends.
These disparate parts of the metro area makes composing this place particularly difficult. We chose to expand, rather than contract, to keep it inclusive of the entire story.
A collaboration with David Hennessy and many people from KC itself.
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ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING
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ABOUT THE IDEA
So why all the circles? Research indicates that GPS's are hindering our ability to create mental maps of our surroundings. My maps aim to install a "Map from the Mind" for each city, simplifying structures and districts in the simplest terms. Each design is taken as a new challenge, using the knowledge of locals to create a map that is both beautiful and useful.
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