Office Space

Anonymous, 2008 [Leeds, United Kingdom] original HDMA web archive: map 80

This anonymous frustration map originated in boredom. The creator drew it while waiting thirty minutes for their boss to arrive at a disciplinary meeting. They continue, “this is the third meeting I’ve been asked to attend for minor offenses. I’m convinced my boss is arranging them for his own amusement. It is completely accurate (except for the pelican) but not exactly to scale.”

Lost Maps

Anonymous, 2008 [London, United Kingdom] original HDMA web archive: map 74

In the early days of the HDMA, I accepted files for the website through, a service later bought by Facebook. Using was very easy, and, if you chose, anonymous. This means I received many files without identifying information or accompanying email addresses. Ahh…the early internet.

I referred to them as the “lost maps,” and I still have a folder with these random drawings. These are two of the best. The map above was easily identifiable as the Mill Hill district of London, and, with a little extra research, the map below was determined to be Doha, Qatar.

Anonymous, 2008 [Doha, Qatar] original HDMA web archive: map 81

Map for Friday

Scott Witthoft (drawn by Damian), Map for Friday, 2008 [London, United Kingdom] original HDMA web archive: map 14

Witthoft submitted this map created by his friend Damian. While visiting London, he used it to navigate to “the bar with the tiny margaritas.” Drawn on a notebook page annotated with Jan Tschichold’s idealized margins, the cartographer barely breaks the boundaries of modernist perfection.