Direction of Travel is a newspaper devoted to vintage airline maps. It's published approximately twice a year and each Volume looks in detail at a different selection of airlines who are either aligned or opposed geographically, graphically or politically.

The format

Direction of Travel is a newspaper without news. Instead is uses the format to celebrate the breath and visual diversity of vintage airline maps from the 1920s to the late 1990s.

Paper maps are not flat graphics, they have folds and carry the marks of their use. The newspaper format allows us to experience these maps almost as large as they originally were, while retaining a sense of their material. Most of the maps that we have included have held up surprisingly well considering their age and that is a testament to their enduring quality.

The collection


All maps are sourced from my personal collection. Nothing from the internet. Maps have been acquired from eBay, Abebooks or directly from personal collections and have been assembled over the last 15 years. 

About the author

Direction of Travel is a project by Christian Nolle, a half Danish/half German London based artist and map collector. He has spent decades creating work, often in photographic form, that looks at the interplay between aviation, politics and the cities we live in. Christian is also Founder and Head of Good Caesar, a design and technology studio.