Without the advantages of modern digital technology and the power of the internet or social media, the first Melbourne Map published in 1990 became the highest selling poster of its time, making its way into tens of thousands of homes and businesses locally, interstate and overseas. It attracted media attention and was reproduced in Melbourne’s major newspapers and featured on radio and television programs.
The significant changes to Melbourne’s skyline over the past 28 years means that the original Melbourne Map is now quite out of date. Originally the idea was to use modern technology, scan the old map and put in the new buildings. It quickly became apparent that this would not work, so much has changed and a new illustration was started from scratch.
The (new) Melbourne Map is completely hand illustrated, but this time we can take loads of photos and video during our ground research and access aerial information on the internet. The new illustration will include changes to the footprint of the city in the past 28 years: adding in Federation Square, Docklands precinct, the new Melbourne Sport & Entertainment precincts, Birrarung Marr, Crown and Southbank, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Museum and new city buildings.
The map will be extended to the north and over into the Western suburbs, to include Williamstown, Newport, Yarraville, Seddon, Footscray etc.
Lewis Brownlie (chief illustrator) initially used pencil to draft in all the streets and buildings and is now in the process of inking the final illustration. Deborah Young (character illustrator and original artist of the first Melbourne Map) will add further character to the drawing to include people, boats, cars etc.
There is no doubt about it, Melbournians and her visitors love this city. We can’t wait to publish and share this illustration with the world and know it will be treasured as an historic Melbourne momento.
If you live in Melbourne, visit often (or just once) or are an expat Melbournian then you are going to love having this on the wall. Chances are your house, business, work or favorite place is on the map.
When the illustration is complete, The Melbourne Map will be available as an archival quality Limited Edition in black & white or colour, plus smaller size art prints – The Melbourne Map is available for pre-purchase, for the moment at lower prices before we go to print.
We embarked on a crowdfunding campaign back in April 2017 and were overwhelmed with the response and support. The pre-sales have enabled us to continue with this privately funded project. Click on this link if you would like to see the Pozible Crowdfunding Video.
Plans are afoot to produce The Melbourne Map Jigsaw Puzzle, The Melbourne Map Game and perhaps The Melbourne Map App.
A Grid Reference/”Can you find?” list accompanies the illustration giving countless hours of fun as you attempt to locate the many landmarks and features.