>> Creativity in cartography

This section presents project of map´s creativity realized at the Faculty of Science (Charles University in Prague) incl. the resulting “creative maps” created from 2007.

Basic aims of the project

1.    to look for creative thinking of authors of maps in the times of computer era (individuality × uniformity of machine-aided solution);
2.    to initiate and support creative thinking already during the education of cartographers, i.e. at universities;
3.    to achieve the above mentioned issues by producing tangible results in the form of maps supporting creativity (hereinafter referred to as “creative maps”).

The project’s position and context

1.    the project is part of a long-term effort to apply knowledge concerning aesthetics and related fields of study in cartography and cartographic production; it has been incorporated in the project “Aesthetics in Cartographic Expression“;
2.    the project fully accepts major goals of the working group ICA Art & Cartography, i.e. “explores the art element of cartography: facilitating and encouraging interaction between cartographers who work with the art aspects of cartography and artists who produce cartographic artefacts; developing theory on art and cartography and cartography and art” (Art & Cartography 2008).

The procedure - realization

1.    before the assignment of the task to produce a creative map there is a lecture on creativity possibilities within current cartographic production (Bláha 2008);
2.    the task contains three basic possibilities which the students can choose:
a)    create a map that will make use of one of known artistic styles (e.g. symbolism, realism, impressionism, expressionism, pop art, geometric abstraction);
b)    create a map by using one of known artistic technique or more of them (painting techniques, e.g. watercolour, oil painting or tempera; graphic and printing techniques, e.g. woodcut, dry point or heliotype; modern and other techniques, e.g. collage or acryl);
c)    create a map in a completely original way (either by choosing an exceptionally original topic or by using an original material, etc.);
3.    the result is also accompanied by a text explaining the way the map originated, describing the techniques or style that have been used, the motive for producing such a map, and possibly the process of mapmaking;
4.    the students are told that even though there are not limits for their imagination the produced map has to meet all the basic requirements for cartographic works.

Results and possibilities for their assessment

We supposed that the students will prefer the freest of the possibilities, i.e. the third one. This hypothesis has been confirmed (see results below). Another supposition has also been confirmed - that there will be negligible share of painting and artistic techniques and styles.
Students hand over their results approximately one month after the assignment of the task in one of the lessons.

The assessment is performed in the following week by:
1.    verbal enumeration (and praise) of positive and negative characteristics of the map;
2.    using criteria:
a)    idea of the thematic orientation of the map (0–2 points),
b)    quality of the elaboration of the map (0–2 points),
c)    the technique or style used (0–2 points),
d)    the presence of innovative elements in the map or innovative way of elaboration, originality (0–2 points),
e)    meeting cartographic principles and providing the accompanying text (0–2 points).

Basic information of the resulting “creative maps” created from 2007 is below. 

Map descriptions from students in 2007, 2008 and 01/2009 are only in Czech.
More information about the project is in publication Students’ thematic maps as a result of creativity in cartography.

Creative maps (year): 2007 - 2008- 2009


Up 2009

01/2009 / Musical Festivals / Pavlína Niklová / 2009 / printing, drawing with felt-pen and crayon,

02/2009 / Observatories and Planetariums in the Czech Republic in 2008 / Šárka Růžičková / 2009 / textile-dyes , textile, beat

03/2009 / Where for next beer? in Červený Kostelec / Marek Fiala / 2009 / pastel, felt-tip, coaster, Idea: map of placement of beer makes in pubs

04/2009 / Canoeing on the Ploučnice River / Kateřina ŠEDIVÁ / 2009 / drawing ink, wooden paddle

05/2009 / Map of Středočeský kraj / Renáta Suchá / 2009 / drow, stick, burn, carpet, paper

06/2009 / Pirate´s treasure / Anna LANGOVÁ / 2009 / collage, for children and teenagers, bottle, paper

07/2009 / HIV infection in the Czech Republic / Helena Kalfusová / 2009 / syringe, plastic foil

08/2009 / AUSTRALIA / Anežka ADAMCOVÁ / 2009 / pen-and-ink drawing combined with aquarelle, paper

09/2009 / GEOPOLY / Jan TUMAJER / 2009 / idea: board game, paper

10/2009 / REGIONS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC / Vojtěch Dvořák / 2009 / collage, paper and packets from products

11/2009 / The Garden of My Childhood / Kristýna FALÁTKOVÁ / 2009 / drawing, collage, paper

12/2009 / ADALAR – land of Daoines / Jan PULEC / 2009 / drawing, fiction and imagination - fantasy, color paper

13/2009 / The breweries of Pardubice´s region / Lukáš ŠMÍDEK / 2009 / drawing, collage, paper, glued beer mats

14/2009 / Moluccas – Spice Islands / Martina JÍLKOVÁ / 2009 / collage, textile, spices

15/2009 / Doubraken (Doubravka) / Pavel UTLER / 2009 / drawing - marker, coloured pencils,

16/2009 / World of press reports and information 26th November 2009 - conundrum / Adam EMMER / 2009 / assemblage, polystyrene/newspaper

17/2009 / OVERFLOWED SECTORS OF UNDERGROUND, flood 2002 / Pavel MOŠNA / 2009 / collage, paper, plastic material, water

18/2009 / WOOD-PROCESSING INDUSTRY / Vojtěch TRYZNA / 2009 / woodcarving, wood

19/2009 / Orbis Salamandraru / Anna Kodríková / 2009 / distemper, paper

20/2009 / NBA / Matúš KEPIČ / 2009 / paper, skewer

21/2009 / GOLF LINKS / Ilona SVAČINOVÁ / 2009 / modellink, modurit (modeling material), colour paper

22/2009 / Puzzle of Germany / Tereza HÖNIGOVÁ / 2009 / tempera, paper

23/2009 / Czech cows say: “Drink milk from as !“ / Pavlína KUBŮ / 2009 / collage on a box, paper, milk box

24/2009 / Agriculture in the selected states of the USA in 2007 / Kateřina FRAINDOVÁ / 2009 / cutting, wood

25/2009 / Albertov on my eyes / Petra Kolešová / 2009 / crayons, paper

26/2009 / Galapágos Islands / Petra BABČANÍKOVÁ / 2009 / modellink, collage, map for children, carton, colour papers, pictures

27/2009 / Erotic City in Prague / Zsolt PARAJ / 2009 / mosaic, paper

28/2009 / Reserved areas of the Czech Republic / Roman Hošek / 2009 / burning, wood

29/2009 / Distribution of the bulbs in Kolin / Michal HORÁČEK / 2009 / abstraction, felt-tip, varnish, bulb

30/2009 / Counties of the Czech Republic / Petra VLČKOVÁ / 2009 / embroidery, paper, colored cotton

31/2009 / AFRICA, The Political Map of the Puzzle / Karin KOŠÍKOVÁ / 2009 / crayons, paper, cardboard

32/2009 / Procession of Lampions in the Czech Republic on November 11th 2009 / Alena PROCHÁZKOVÁ / 2009 / pc graphics, paper

33/2009 / EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – Political Map / Matěj SOUKUP / 2009 / pc graphics, geometric abstraction, paper

34/2009 / The Journey around the World / Šárka TÁBORSKÁ / 2009 / toilet paper

35/2009 / France metropolitaine / Vojtěch VALTR / 2009 / collage,

36/2009 / New Earth / Jonáš ČASTULÍK / 2009 / pc graphic in CorelDRAW, paper

37/2009 / Administrative division, waters and altitude / Hana KUCHOVÁ - BREBURDOVÁ / 2009 / painting on glass, colour glass

38/2009 / Types of floors / Kryštof MARYŠKO / 2009 / collage, wood, carpet, pavement

39/2009 / Catchment of Ratibořka River / Petra ŠÍPKOVÁ / 2009 / needlework, textil

40/2009 / Advent Celebrations, Bohemia in 2009 / Michaela DOLEJŠOVÁ / 2009 / decoration, gingerbread

41/2009 / Water requirement in the Czech Republic in 2008 / Eva ČECHOVÁ / 2009 / ceramic cup

42/2009 / Central Bohemian Region / Stanislav RATAJ / 2009 / paper modelling and sticking, paper

43/2009 / My right hand / Tomáš BURDYCH / 2009 / aquarelle, paper, felt-tip

44/2009 / Cantinas UK in Prague / Lucie RATAJOVÁ / 2009 / glass colors, ceramic

45/2009 / Ptolemy´s map of the northern hemisphere / Dominika VLČKOVÁ / 2009 / paper, wood

46/2009 / Districts of the Czech Republic / Kristýna SOUDKOVÁ / 2009 / collage, dadaism, paper

47/2009 / MIDDLE-EARTH / Jan STACHURA / 2009 / pc graphics, pastel, paper

48/2009 / The Continents of Southern Hemisphere / Tereza STEKLÁ / 2009 / cribration, silk paper, cardboard

49/2009 / Decision of life on the example of turkish export / Filip ŠANC / 2009 / drawing - pencil, paper

50/2009 / The republic of experience / Kateřina RAKOVÁ / 2009 / collage, paper

51/2009 / Africa – Blind political map / Tereza Šmejkalová / 2009 / glass painting, glass plate, windows colours (peelable)

52/2009 / Soccer France / Daniel ZUB / 2009 / pc graphics, paper

53/2009 / Africa / Aneta MLČOCHOVÁ / 2009 / watercolour crayons, pencil, water-colour paper

54/2009 / IMPORTANT HEADS OF EUROPE / Alena DUTKOVÁ / 2009 / collage, paper

55/2009 / LE TOUR DE BIÈRE / Jiří MATYÁŠ / 2009 / pc graphics, mental map,

56/2009 / Prague trams / Antonín KEPRTA / 2009 / collage, veneer, beads, felt, paper

57/2009 / Beer map of Vimperk city / Radek Žďánský / 2009 / paper, beer mat

58/2009 / Regions of the Czech Republic / Lenka SVOBODOVÁ / 2009 / mosaic, glass beads

59/2009 / The lookout from the Koukalky rocks / Jakub ŠIROKÝ / 2009 / tempera, impressionism, paper

60/2009 / The biggest and the smallest seats in the Czech Republic / Lukáš MAREK / 2009 / matches, paper

61/2009 / Glass industry / Edita TURKOVÁ / 2009 / glass painting, mirror, glass color, permanent marker

62/2009 / Prague / Martin ŠTUMPA / 2009 / geometric abstraction, plastic

63/2009 / Globus / Petra Fialová / 2009 / bodypaint, skin, swimming cap

64/2009 / Diabetes / Jan KORBEL / 2009 / topping figuration, pie

65/2009 / Panorama Of Broumovský výběžek / Šárka Zákravská / 2009 / burning, wood

66/2009 / Map of The One Eye Man’s Secret / Ondřej POP / 2009 / Indian ink, paper

67/2009 / Regions of the Czech Republic / Veronika MACHÁČKOVÁ / 2009 / mosaic, foodstuffs

68/2009 / Manufacturing of buttons in the Czech republic (2009) / Kristýna LIHANOVÁ / 2009 / needlework, textile, buttons

69/2009 / Rum - Where we drank / Tomáš KYSILKA / 2009 / paper, bottle of rum

70/2009 / AUSTRALIA / Michaela Sladová / 2009 / pc graphic in CorelDRAW, pop art, photopaper

71/2009 / Africa in plasticine / Luboš Mrkva / 2009 / modellink, plasticine

72/2009 / Metro in Prague / Natálie MOHORITOVÁ / 2009 / painting with food dyes, metro desert

73/2009 / Circle around the Czech Republic (board game) / Tomáš HAVRLANT / 2009 / pc graphics, color paper

74/2009 / The map of czech breweries and the number of kinds of beers in counties / Kateřina ŠŤOVÍČKOVÁ / 2009 / collage, paper, beer´s caps

75/2009 / When its said... / Barbora ŠACHOVÁ / 2009 / writing, blopens, lampshade

76/2009 / The Diploma Journey / Lukáš MERTA / 2009 / pastel, imagination, paper

77/2009 / The main agriculture areas in the Czech republic / Klára Krbcová / 2009 / silk painting, silk

78/2009 / Pizza of the Czech Republic / Radek TOMÁŠEK / 2009 / baking, pizza, groceries

79/2009 / New York - Manhattan / Luboš Fendrych / 2009 / collage, pop art, paper

80/2009 / Theaters in the Heart of Prague / Veronika MACKOVÁ / 2009 / painting with aniline colours, abstraction, paper

81/2009 / Sněžka / Jan JIRÁSKA / 2009 / acrylic paint, fauvism, fibreboard

82/2009 / Pubs with the Staropramen / Michal KUSÁK / 2009 / crayons, beer´s saucers

83/2009 / Discworld / Tomáš POKORNÝ / 2009 / fantasy, marzipan, chocolate, spa wafers

84/2009 / The Beauties of Prague – Fast and Easy / Jana MINÁŘOVÁ / 2009 / collage, Indian ink, tracing paper, paper

85/2009 / Puzzle / Tereza RASCHOVÁ / 2009 / paper

86/2009 / DETECTED PERVITIN DENS IN CZECH REPUBLIC (2009) / Adam ZDOBINSKÝ / 2009 / drawning on gingerbread, gingerbread, chocolate, sugar glaze

87/2009 / Map of the tolled roads and highways in the Czech Republic / Martina Bartošová / 2009 / pastel sticks, modelling, paper

88/2009 / The Neighbourhood of Klecany / Michal Kapusta / 2009 / soldering, electronical parts, ecuplex desk , wires

89/2009 / Wine shops in Prague / Petr DUŠEK / 2009 / wine bottle

90/2009 / Santa Claus vs. Christkind / Martin Hasa / 2009 / modelling, paper box

91/2009 / Regions in the Czech Republic / Zuzana Friedlová / 2009 / tipping, spice, paper

92/2009 / Orienteering race / Petr ŠPICAR / 2009 / collage, paper

Up 2008

01/2008 / Candy stores and coffee bars in Prague / Magdaléna Kašková / 2008 / cake

02/2008 / Gingerbread factories in the Czech Republic / Martina Lískovcová / 2008 / gingerbread, chocolate

03/2008 / Public WC in Prague / Alžběta Rejtmajerová / 2008 / toilet seat, polyethylene

04/2008 / Growing of cotton / Hana Pehočová / 2008 / bleaching, felt-tip, 100% cotton

05/2008 / Territories in the Czech Republic / Klára Šenkyříková / 2008 / embroidery, singlet

06/2008 / Flags of states in Europe / Gabriela Leipertová / 2008 / pastel, styrofoam and paper

07/2008 / Wood-density in the Czech Republic in 2001 / Anna Procházková / 2008 / beads and paper

08/2008 / Poetry in Slovakia (from classicism to present time) / Štefan Poništiak / 2008 / pastel, book and cover of book

09/2008 / Castles in West-Bohemia / Marta Škardová / 2008 / tempera, felt-tip, wood

10/2008 / Breeding of pigs in the Czech Republic in 2007 / Lenka Hladíková / 2008 / pastel, paper

11/2008 / Metro-station “Dejvická” / Ondřej Václavek / 2008 / collage, what was available

12/2008 / Bad dream of eurosceptic Václav Klaus / Jan Roháč / 2008 / collage, paper and match

13/2008 / Emblems and flags of districts in Prague / Alena Rodová / 2008 /

14/2008 / Galleries in centre of Prague 2008 / Kateřina Novotná / 2008 / wall-dyes, cardboard

15/2008 / Attractiveness of female face / Jiří Valeš / 2008 / face as a topographical surface

16/2008 / “So here I was too :-)” / Hana Pevná / 2008 / textile-dyes, T-shirt

17/2008 / Wonders of the World in South America / Lenka Danková / 2008 / aquarelle and pastel,

18/2008 / "Mikroregion Úpa" / Lucie Červená / 2008 / collage,

19/2008 / XXIX. Summer Olympic Games in Peking in 2008 (attendance of states) / Michaela Šákrová / 2008 / collage,

20/2008 / On the journey in Morocco (Feb 2008) / Blanka Pechačová / 2008 / collage, paper, sand, stone and shell

21/2008 / "One map is more than tens of books" / Michaela Malá / 2008 / Idea: all objects and phenomena in map only as text information

22/2008 / Ptolemy cone map projection / Petra Bromová / 2008 / silk-dyes, tie

23/2008 / Copy-centres in the Czech Republic / Markéta Koropecká / 2008 / Idea: Idea: 1 paper in the bundle = 10 copy-centres

24/2008 / Emblems and flags of territories in the Czech Republic / Filip Hájek / 2008 / collage, dental-material and string, teaching aid

25/2008 / Water usage in the Czech Republic in 2006 / Romana Musilová / 2008 / PET water-bottle (5 litres)

26/2008 / Types of country-cottages in the Ukraine / Dzmitry Kozhukh / 2008 / collage, phonograph record

27/2008 / Land-use in Psárov in 2000 / Barbora Havlíčková / 2008 / glass-dyes, polyethylene and paper

28/2008 / McDonald´s restaurants in Prague in 2008 / Marie Sixtová / 2008 / eat-container

29/2008 / Town Krnov / Petra Pitelková / 2008 / collage,

30/2008 / Selected mineral-waters in the Czech Republic in 2007 / Šárka Kunová / 2008 / PET water-bottle (1.5 litre)

31/2008 / Map of Egypt for children / Lenka Uvízlová / 2008 / Idea: map as toy for children

32/2008 / Police of the Czech Republic: District Division in South Bohemia in 2009 / Ondřej Skolek / 2008 / Idea: map as the logo of Police of the Czech Republic

33/2008 / Galleries in Český kras (Czech Karst) / Anežka Paločková / 2008 / printing, felt-pen drawing, paper and tracing-paper

34/2008 / San Siro: placement of seats in relationship of ticket price / Jaroslav Skoumal / 2008 / pastel, pencil,

35/2008 / Egypt / Martina Seidlová / 2008 / pastel, felt-tip, collage, photos,

36/2008 / Town Mladá Boleslav / Petra Beránková / 2008 / indian ink, Idea: form as in early maps

37/2008 / Most cheapest petrol station (Natural 95) / Jana Kloučková / 2008 / pastel, cover of road atlas

38/2008 / Bilberry in Beskids over 1200 meters above the sea level in 2008 / Vladimíra Pavlicová / 2008 / pastel, Idea: interesting map key

39/2008 / Parliamentary election and Government / Martin Štros / 2008 / Idea: cartographic representation of birthplaces of members of the Government of Mirek Topolánek

Up 2007

01/2007 / Political Map of the World / Antonín Bačo / 2007 / collage,

02/2007 / Black sea: bathymetry / Lenka Horáčková / 2007 / pastel, Idea: attractive map key

03/2007 / Last island / Eva Rosová / 2007 / pastel, Idea: map in style of Tolkien

04/2007 / Journey in Vaserului Valley: in mountain range Maramureş in Romania in 2004 / Tereza Loskotová / 2007 / pen-and-ink drawing colorized with pastel, indian ink,

05/2007 / Britain: characterics and interests / Michaela Kalkantová / 2007 / Idea: picture in map key

06/2007 / Placement of students in Great Geological Auditorium (2nd year students) / Michael Turek / 2007 / tempera,

07/2007 / Outdoor sports in the Czech Republic / Hana Beitlerová / 2007 / pastel, graphite,

08/2007 / Village Bavorov / Kristýna Huclová / 2007 / drawing with wax pencil, indian ink,

09/2007 / Region Sataroza / Petr Kuna / 2007 / pastel, Idea: fictional map, scale of map is in days (versus classical metric system)

10/2007 / Japan / Zuzana Cahlíková / 2007 / collage,

11/2007 / Students´ places of resydence in 2007 (field of study: teaching biology and sport) / Vít Kunc / 2007 / pastel, collage, photos,

12/2007 / Mount Everest / Jakub Lysák / 2007 / crayon,

13/2007 / Small-Area Reserves in Territories of the Czech Republic in 2007 / Adéla Dlasková / 2007 / paper, plasticine, spruce needles

14/2007 / Around the World in 80 Days / Lenka Petříková / 2007 / Idea: representation of the world as cylindrical surface

15/2007 / Climate / Helena Kaňková / 2007 / collage,

16/2007 / Memento Carto 07 / Veronika Klečková / 2007 / collage, office folder, pasted elements

17/2007 / Wondering where to buy? Shopping Centers in Prague / Marie Železná / 2007 / map of the shopping bag