Steve Coast’s Kickstarter:: GPS Art Poster

If you’ve ever seen one of Steve Coast’s OSM presentations, you’ve seen that GPS trace example of London where the delivery people go all over the place and you see the road network. Cool stuff for sure and I know you’ve always thought that would make great art. We think no more because there is now a Kickstarter to make that happen. GPS Art Poster gives you a map of your hometown or favorite city build using GPS tracks.

We start with many thousands of GPS traces from people moving around your city. Then we cook them using open source software and bake them in to the posters you see. Each black line is a unique journey. When paths cross they tell a story; the pulse of a city.


Steve has the whole USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Kickstarter pledges start at $5 for a jpg desktop wallpaper and go to $99 for a full custom print. Shipping is free in the USA and reasonable outside. They are printed on acid-free archival-grade paper and high quality ink.

I’ve just gone ahead and gone with the $59 level and will be choosing Phoenix. Should be awesome!

  • eGMoney

    I don’t get it: What makes this project suitable for Kickstarter? I can see the appeal of this but aren’t people here just buying an already developed product? Oh now I get it, I am not buying anything, I am just getting a “reward” in exchange for cash…

    • James Fee

      You’re “kickstarting” the project. I believe you need an actual prototype (already developed product as you call it) before you can create a kickstarter.

  • whatever

    I think the idea is cool, but to pay money for something that essentially looks like a print out of ESRI’s street map layer isn’t. Ahh but it’s art!!

  • David

    Not to begrudge them their success, but this hardly seems worth paying money for. Granted, the source of the data is somewhat novel, but in the end it’s just road data as they show it. Adding some amount of classification or aggregation might transform this into something more interesting.

    A colored road line set to “multiply” transparency for instance might do a much better job of showing the graduation between lightly traveled and highly traveled routes. Or color changes for usage intensity or date or time of data … but hey then you’d be doing cartography and cartography is dead right?