Andy Woodruff introduces typographic map posters:
There was nothing automated about making these maps, unless you count copying and pasting. Everything was laid out manually, from tracing streets over an OpenStreetMap image, to nudging curved water text, to selectively erasing text to create a woven street pattern. The Boston and Chicago maps differ in style, but the end result is similar: from a distance it can appear as an accurate reference map, and as you get closer you notice the thousands of words it comprises.
This 20-month side project that tackles Boston and Chicago started with a geography party invitation. Over at Andy’s site (which has just about the best name ever), he lets us know that San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. are next.