December 4, 2023

Planning to pub crawl? Going on a road trip? Visiting a new city? You need a map. And now, you can make something of your own.

Map making is usually something you associate with old men in dusty paper shops or serious people who wear tinted glasses and work in huge digital offices.

But now, set startup Poetry Makes it easy to create custom maps using drawing tools such as markers, pins, notes, and images.

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The startup launched its platform publicly this week after private beta testing with more than 1,000 people. I decided to give it a try.

Can I make a map in 10 minutes?

I made this 10-minute map for a friend visiting Charlottenburg, Berlin. I’ve added a transport layer, some places worth visiting, and some text. very easy. It’s not the most accurate, but it was fast.

Google Maps is easy, but more fun. Create digital representatives of old-school hand-drawn maps, including highlights and notes. It can even include photos, links, and videos.

Map made with Felt