Tom vs. Tom: Two British Artists Draw Maps of Taipei

Tom Rook and Tom Parker are both British artists living in Taiwan. Both have taken to drawing intricate maps of Taipei. Hats off to both of them! I still can’t decide which Tom’s works I prefer. They’re both appealing in their own ways. Not sure about Rook, but Parker has recently embarked on selling his works.

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Ah. The analogue Tomtom GPS…

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:drum: boom

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p12-150909-ETaipei

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So refreshing after looking at crappy google maps all the time.

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Also instead of Tom and Jerry we have Tom and Tom
But yes the TomTom one is great

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I kinda like the crappy google maps
Simple and easy to use

Functional, yes, but completely lacking in aesthetics. It’s getting harder and harder to remember that maps used to be art.

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The Tom Rook map exhibition is located across from Daan Park in a building bookstore/coffee shop that is in itself worth a visit. Hint: Look for the giant book and dinosaurs.

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https://goo.gl/maps/Lh9Q1euE4QvnwUT76

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Interesting article on hand-drawn maps of Taiwan that covers both Toms. It calls Rook’s maps precise and Parker’s fantastical.

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Both maps would be useful in those old-style travel handouts in hotel lobbies.

This one could use improvements first glance.

Makes some smaller road appear larger and more useful than true like Yanji, and vice versa, minimizes some larger more useful important roads like Zhongxiao.

Barely recognizes the uniqueness and height of Shangri-la Hotel buildings.

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