Personal Geography

Exploring one city through another one’s map

After having lived my whole life in Milan, Italy, in 2017 I relocated to Toronto to pursue my Master’s degree in graphic design. In this experimental print work I addressed questions about the relationship between personal identity and the places we call home
 
By overlaying a touristic map of Toronto and a topographic map of Milan, using the same exact scale and orientation, this poster generates a new, impossible topography hinting at the paradox of exploring a city by using the map of a different one. 

Personal Geography

Exploring one city through another one’s map

After having lived my whole life in Milan, Italy, in 2017 I relocated to Toronto to pursue my Master’s degree in graphic design. In this experimental print work I addressed questions about the relationship between personal identity and the places we call home
 
By overlaying a touristic map of Toronto and a topographic map of Milan, using the same exact scale and orientation, this poster generates a new, impossible topography hinting at the paradox of exploring a city by using the map of a different one. 

Risograph and laser printing on newsprint, 11×17 inches. ​​​​​​​Hi-res version

I developed this project in the first term of my Master of Design at YorkU, and I took it as an opportunity to visually reflect on my perspective as a newcomer to a different country and a different city, and to experiment with maps—which are one of my biggest passions—to see how they could be used to tell a story. 

 

I also wanted to experiment with risograph printing, a technique that was totally new to me and that I figured would be effective in overlaying the two maps over each other. The production was a two-step printing process: first, I laser-printed the Toronto map on 11×17 newsprint sheets. Then I used the risograph to overlay the red map of Milano upon them. 

I developed this project in the first term of my Master of Design at YorkU, and I took it as an opportunity to visually reflect on my perspective as a newcomer to a different country and a different city, and to experiment with maps—which are one of my biggest passions—to see how they could be used to tell a story. 

I also wanted to experiment with risograph printing, a technique that was totally new to me and that I figured would be effective in overlaying the two maps over each other. The production was a two-step printing process: first, I laser-printed the Toronto map on 11×17 newsprint sheets. Then I used the risograph to overlay the red map of Milano upon them. 

The original maps

Milan’s Carta Tecnica Regionale, a detailed topographic depiction of buildings, streets, infrastructures and public spaces in the city. 

Toronto’s Hop On-Hop Off  map: colorful, tourist-oriented, and the first Canadian map in my personal collection. 

Details

Nathan Phillip Square | Piazza del Duomo

Waterfront | Porta Romana

CN Tower | Corso Italia

Ryerson University | Quadrilatero della Moda

The Village | Moscova

Yonge & Bloor | Porta Garibaldi

Personal Geography
Year: 2017
Project type: academic – Design Studio 1 course – MDes program – York University
Specs: 11X17″ map-poster. Risograph and laser printing on newsprint

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