Maps are a powerful tool that can communicate much more than just where things are located in an area. They can communicate history of a place and often provide a sense of nostalgia about a certain place or a certain time in history. We wanted to talk to someone who integrates art and design with mapmaking. Raymond Biesinger is an illustrator and artist based in Montreal, Canada.

Raymond also plays guitar and sings in The Famines, a “noise garage art duo” – at the end of the episode, you’ll hear “I Like Some Of The Things You Do” by The Famines.

You can find Raymond’s artwork here:
The Civic Atlas of North America:
Listen to Raymond’s band the Famines here:
Bricks and Mortality: Shining a light on the Lost Buildings of Calgary: