DIY city art

One of the strangest things about being an expat is how attached you become to your old home. I used to be the worst Australian. Heck, I spent most of my teenage years plotting to get out of the country – carful what you wish for, right?

After almost a decade living abroad, I get very teary when anything Down Under is mentioned. I’m a patriotic mess and it’s coming out in my design choices. So when I was sitting down to figure out what art I wanted in my office redesign, I couldn’t resist creating a piece that paid homage to my hometown. Okay well, not my hometown. Berwick isn’t the sort of suburb you get teary about. My home city, Melbourne, on the other hand, is.

I’m not exactly reinventing the wheel here. Esty is filled with map coordinate art. I just added my personal touch to the trend and made a file that you can easily download and adapt to your city.

I’m using Pixrl, which is an online photo editing tool that’s free! To create your own map coordinate art,  just download my file, upzip it and open it in Pixrl.

This is what it looks like!


Pixrl can be a bit of a pain to use, but I’ll try to keep it simple. Once you’ve opened my file, click ctrl T on your keyboard to edit. Change the city, coordinates and country. You can find your city’s coordinates on Google.

Make sure the letters of your city line up. You’re aiming for a geometrical modern print.

Save the file as a jpg and print with your home printer on card stock. I used Picarta Fabrianese fogli ruvidi, formato 24×33, which you can pick up from your local discount or paper store. Then I framed it in an Ikea frame.

I love that it’s clean and very minimalistic. Plus it’s great having something dedicated to my home city in my office. Represent! Jokes aside, I get pretty nostalgic every time I look at this. Plus it’s a great conversation piece since everyone who’s seen it, keeps asking me “what’s Melbourne?”. I live in a pretty small town!

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