The Art of Making Maps

April 9, 2018 in Art & Culture, Design

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:


Why Murals Matter

February 22, 2018 in Art & Culture

Public art can give a community a unique identity, brighten up the street, and challenge how we think about issues in our cities. It can also spark all kinds of controversy. We wanted to talk to someone that creates art in the public realm to understand the process and the work itself. 

Learn more about Daniel J Kirk:
Learn more about Blank Page Studio: