BONDI: You can buy an Irish map for about €3,500 ($3,980) and read it in English in a day, or you can read it on the internet for free.
But what if you could print the map and read the text in your language?
That’s what the makers of a new map, which has been designed to be printed in any language you like, have done.
They call the project Map-a-Languages, a reference to the iconic British map known as the Bonsai Map.
The map is the brainchild of Mark Sennett, a software engineer at Oxford University, and Daniel Furlan, an Irish-speaking artist.
They began their project in June 2016, when they set out to create a map for a map-making competition.
“We realised that there was this enormous amount of content out there that people had no idea how to do,” Furla said.
The first challenge was figuring out how to make a map that could be printed out in different sizes and colours.
The next challenge was how to display it, how to show it and how to explain it to people who might not be familiar with maps.
“The challenge was to have a map, but also be able to translate the map into other languages,” Frelan said.
The Map-A-Lights, as the project is called, was born from that challenge.
It was printed out, folded, laid out and then folded again, to produce the map that is the centerpiece of the project.
The team then assembled a team of about 20 people to help them print the Map-as-Lands out.
“There was no doubt that we were going to get it printed,” Fathom said.
It took about two weeks to get the map printed out and assembled.
The first edition was printed by the Irish print company Rovio.
It cost around €20 ($28) and had a page count of about 4,000.
It is still on display at the European Press Center in Brussels.
The next edition will be printed by French company Printable Press, and will cost around the same price, but will be more compact and more easily printed in a different size.
The group is now working on a second edition of the map, and the next edition could be out as early as 2019.
It will have the same content, but with an entirely different format.
“We’re hoping that people will want to use the map,” Fathi said.
“They may want to print it in the style of the Balsai Map or something like that.
And if they want to have their own version of it, they can print it for free and it will be a lot of fun.”