8-Bit City Maps

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Ken @ 2:17 pm July 8, 2010

8 bit nycBrett Camper, a Brooklyn-based designer, has made THE greatest advancement in cartography since the dawn of mankind.

Camper has created fully functional, zoomable, 8-bit city maps in the style of the original “Legend of Zelda” video game.

The maps are entirely integrated with real world data, and you can conduct an address search just as you would on Google Maps.

On the surface, these maps may simply seem charming, but exploring the zoomable feature reveals the intricate work that was put into each and every city block. Searching through my Brooklyn neighborhood, I felt transported back to the Dutch settlements of 1600s Breukelen, where whimsical paths and brick roads replace concrete highways, and rows of crops supplant rows of houses- er…pixelated paths and crops that is.

Be sure to explore the maps! What do you think- should we stop using regular Google Maps altogether?