Collecting Maps Since 2008

With your help, the Hand Drawn Map Association has assembled a large collection of maps in both physical and digital formats comprising an immense variety of unique interpretations of place. It has been an absolute pleasure to share these with you.

The time has come to slow things down in order to concentrate on other projects. Though the web archive will continue to be maintained and made available at, the HDMA is no longer accepting maps for the collection.

I am currently searching for a permanent home for the archive and occasionally accept writing projects, lectures and other opportunities related to the collection.

Thanks again and keep in touch,

Kristofer Harzinski

Activity Archive


2014: A collection of images from the archive were featured in "Lost Maps," a visual essay created for the catalog accompanying "Datascapes" at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University-Newark.

2013: A small collection of maps are featured in "MAPnificent! Artists Use Maps" at the Bronx River Arts Center in Bronx, New York.

New York Map Society Lecture


In conduction with the New York Map Society and the Mid Manhattan Library, the HDMA lectures about hand-drawn maps (of course).

Sep 10 2011

Jersey Fresh


A selection of maps appears in Pidgin Magazine, a publication created by graduate students at the Princeton University School of Architecture and edited by good friend of the HDMA, Margo Handwerker. Our contribution features maps of New Jersey life and it's inevitable relations to Philly and New York and includes works by Dahlia Elsayed, Jeffrey Silverstein, Susan Liedke, and Caitlin Macrae.

Apr 23 2011

Nowhere Exhibition

Nowhere poster

Nowhere: selections from the files of the Hand Drawn Map Association is an exhibition of over 60 examples of maps drawn by artists, cartographers and amateur map makers from around the world. Included in the exhibition are works from the archive of the HDMA as well as new works chosen expressly for the occasion. Curated by Kris Harzinski, the exhibition was shown at Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Dec 19 2010

Mapping Nowhere


In conjunction with the exhibition at Arcadia, we presented Mapping Nowhere: A conversation with the Hand Drawn Map Association. Contributors to the exhibition from the Philadelphia area discussed their maps and the stories they reveal.

Nov 17 2010

Nov 2010 Contest

Urban Gridded Notebook

Our November 2010 contest featured the Urban Gridded Notebook designed by John Briscella. A perfect journal for hand drawn map fans, each of the 256 pages features a light blue map of a different world city. Carry it with you for the rest of your life and obsessively document your travels around the globe or just write out a grocery list while dreaming of your next adventure. We sent one notebook to Mark Cook on December 14, 2010.

Nov 01 2010


The BIG FEED 2010

The HDMA travels 1573 miles from Philadelphia to Yuma, Colorado. While there, we lecture about maps at the BIG FEED, an annual celebration of public art and the rural landscape hosted by M12.

Oct 9 2010

Oct 2010 Contest

Coptic book by Kathryn Gonzalez

In October we gave away some great hand made books by Katie Gonzalez from linenlaid&felt. Winners included Ricardo Peralta, Dan Craig, Alan Altoft as well as Jodie Levine and Sammy Muench.

Oct 1 2010

You Are Here

Hand drawn maps of New York City

You Are Here

The HDMA contributes a collection of maps to the exhibition You Are Here: Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Curated by Katharine Harmon, it features works by a variety of contemporary artists who map the emotional landscape of the city. Many artists exhibiting with the HDMA attended the opening including Will Haughery, Janine Nichols, Rob Servo, Krista Shaffer, Kees Touw (all the way from Rotterdam), and Shane Watt. It was such a pleasure to meet many of you in person for the first time.

Sep 23 2010

NYPL Lecture


Kris Harzinski, Will Haughery and Matthew Rodriguez talk about hand drawn maps at the New York Public Library.

Sep 15 2010



Aug 04 2010

3 Miles

The HDMA travels 3 miles to talk to a great group of people at Azavea, a geospatial technology firm based in Philadelphia.

Jul 30 2010



A small collection of maps become part of the permanent collection of the University of Colorado Boulder Library.

Jun 10 2010


Bookforum Summer 2010

A collection of maps is featured in the summer issue of Bookforum. Illustrating a special section on utopia and dystopia, it features maps by Dean Valadez, Kees Touw, Dorathy Lye, Clifford Eberly, Marcin Siehankiewicz, Dash Shaw, and Keith Garcia.

May 30 2010

HDMA Notebook

HDMA notebook

To celebrate the new year, all contributors in January 2010 received a handmade HDMA notebook.

Jan 1 2010

Philly Zine Fest

Draw a map get a prize

HDMA mini map

Good friends of the HDMA, Will Haughery and Krista Shaffer, at Philly Zine Fest. We invited people to sit down, chat, and draw a map. In return they received a hand drawn map of things to do in Philadelphia drawn by Ryan Anderson. A selection of the maps we received are featured in our collections section.

Sep 11 2009


HDMA exhibition

A selection of maps from the HDMA’s physical archive go on view at the Florida International University Library in Miami.

Aug 6 2009

Hand Drawn Baltimore

HDMA workshop at Contemporary Museum

Hand Drawn Baltimore was a workshop at the Contemporary Museum where we helped draw a collective map of the city. The workshop was organized by Ingrid Burrington who we met earlier that year at the Baltimore DIY Fest. Some of Ingrid's work is featured in From Here to There including her preliminary studies for her map of missed connections in Manhattan.

Jun 13 2009

Baltimore DIY Fest

Baltimore DIY Fest

The HDMA travels to Baltimore and sets up a table at the DIY Festival to collect maps from passersby. They even had their own hand drawn map of the space.

May 19 2009

All Over the Map

HDMA Poster : Brooklyn

The HDMA is invited to participate in the exhibition All Over the Map at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. We created a series of three screenprints for the show and also traveled to Sheboygan to run an open workshop on mapping.

We also had a series of contests where we gave away copies of the posters and packs of Field Notes notebooks.

Feb 15 2009

Poster Campaign

this is the Hand Drawn Map Association

We finish out 2008 with a poster campaign, sending 120 posters to HDMA fans all over the world.

Nov 11 2008

Founded 2008

and receive

The Hand Drawn Map Association is founded in March 2008 with a collection of 9 maps. Some were found by Kris Harzinski while sorting through old papers (things he had inadvertently collected over the years) while others came from friends including this map by Yumi Janairo Roth.

Mar 2008




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