"Beijing, ruling seat of China, is one of the most monumental cities in the world. Unlike many ancient European cities, this one had some very clever urban planners who developed a ring road system that we highlighted here. I worked with Beijing native Li Han on this one.
A note on translation: We decided to do a mix of phonetic and defining translations for this map, depending on the significance of the meanings and recognizability of phonetic translations." -Archie
ABOUT THE IDEA Information is more fun to read when it's beautiful. These charts and maps are designed with hours of research, reassembling data into a brain-friendly aesthetic. The information is edited 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.
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.