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Three Great Notemaps

by on July 3, 2014

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Image: Spring has Sprung, by @johnfox.

John Fox is an iOS engineer at Findery. Three Great Notemaps is a blog series, in which each Findery team member chooses their favorite notemaps – that’s our word for a collection of notes!

I caught the travel bug way back in the early ’80′s when I went on a high-school student exchange trip to a small seaside town in France called Les Sables d’Olonne. At the time, everything about France and the students I spent time with seemed so different: the fashion, the music, the food all so delightfully “foreign”. Fast forward to today, and things seem much less different. The French in particular have long been concerned with preserving the “Frenchness” of their culture, but in the Internet age, that’s a hard battle to fight. Franglais is a durable cultural phenomenon, and its analog exists in most other non-English speaking cultures as well.

These days, wherever I go, I’m fascinated by the signs all around me of one big global cultural re-mix, and that’s exactly the type of stuff I love to document then present using Findery. This Spring I took a trip which took me to London, Leicester, and Athens. During this time, I was that annoying person who was constantly taking pictures, recording audio and shooting small snippets of video. I drive my wife crazy when we’re walking down the street, and I’ll just stop for no apparent good reason. Good thing she wasn’t with me for this trip.

Why do I do this? Mostly because I can’t help myself: I’m fascinated by signs, graffiti, street art, mainstream commercial marketing, and how they all borrow from, and re-shape each other. As a result, when I take pictures, I tend to favor the oddball and the ephemeral. There are no fewer than 1.4 billion photos of the Eiffel Tower on Flickr and other similar sites. Am I going to take a better one? Probably not. The funny sticker attached to a trash can, or a bit of insightful graffiti? That’s what I’m all about! I like to pretend I’m an archaeologist from the future trying to make sense of the culture whose artifacts I’m digging up.

+ With that thought in mind, here are three notemaps I enjoy, starting with the one I made about Athens called Observing Greece.

+ Punny Business Names by @keandrews is a notemap I would have created myself if she hadn’t beat me too it. Let the pun bell ring out.

+ Finally, Findery Field Trip by @derekeb reveals his varied and excellent taste in interesting destinations.

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