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NY from A to Z: Rachel Young’s Google Map Alphabet

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How do you pass the time when laid up with an injury? If you’re British researcher Rachel Young, you scour Google Maps for letterforms in the satellite imagery. Inspired by the Google Maps typography of Australian graphic designer Rhett Dashwood, Young searched for days to assemble map alphabets of Britain and then, New York. She created the latter set, entitled “Alphabet State,” at the suggestion of her employer. “It was more challenging since I’ve never been there,” Young told The New York Post. So next time you’re home sick, skip the daytime television in favor of the healing powers of found typography.

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