by now you’ve probably spotted mapiful printed map posters all over instagram and pinterest.
the swedish start-up has really captured the zeitgeist for simple geometric designs that celebrate a pervading sense of wanderlust and i’m pretty sure that by now there’s not a single interior design blogger without one of their beautiful custom prints hanging in their home! so, uh, i’ve jumped on the bandwagon too…
the real beauty of mapiful is the customisation aspect; they provide the technology to let you choose from any place in the world and design your own unique map poster, meaning no two prints are the same, unless you want them to be. i’ve seen plenty of bloggers with paris, copenhagen and london prints on their walls but i wanted mine to be different and personal to me.
so i opted for a poster celebrating my love for a city very close to my heart; the home of my beloved football team and favourite boy band. a city i’ve spent a lot of time in recently and grown very attached to… manchester!
you can select any location in the world for your print, pan and zoom, customise the text and choose from 3 different layout options – modern, pantone, strict or clean – to create your own bespoke design. you can even change the size and orientation of your print to suit your requirements. as much as i love the ‘modern’ framed option that you see in the paris print above, i wanted a cleaner layout for my poster and chose the ‘pantone’ design, synonymous with the traditional layout of colour palette grids. i felt it worked better in reflecting the gritty urbanism of manchester, whereas the framed option felt more in keeping with the romanticism of a city like paris.
once you’ve designed and ordered your poster it is sent to print on 180 g/m2 matte paper, then shipped out in a cardboard tube in a matter of days, anywhere in the world, for a flat-rate fee of $60 i.e. no shipping charges – pretty good, huh?
i think they’d make a wonderful and unique valentine’s or birthday gift, celebrating the city in which you met or a place you spent a wonderful holiday together…
which city would you choose for your print?
my mapiful print was kindly gifted to me by the company but all opinions are my own. all imagery © mapiful, except manchester print, which is my own.