Artist/designer Lena Corwin began illustrating maps for Elle Decor magazine in 2004. Her new book, MAPS: Illustrating Cities (Other Books, April 2011), is a charming collection of forty of her favorite maps.
Corwin’s whimsical maps are a clever mix of accuracy and fantasy inspired by her own collection of vintage boooks and periodicals. Each map is drawn precisely, with roads and significant points of interest. Half of the city maps are accompanied by interviews with local residents. The book is comprised of twenty international city maps and twenty US maps.