Direction of Travel is a newspaper about airline maps and the culture of flying.
Direction of Travel is a newspaper that explores the history of airline maps and through those takes a deep dive into the culture of flying. It's a love letter to the rich visual history of flying. Airlines have been charting their networks since the birth of powered flight, but their maps have been a little overlooked. I hope to remedy this somewhat.
The airline maps included in the pages of Direction of Travel are more than just beautiful pieces of graphic design. If you zoom in, you will soon discover all kinds of stories. These include ones about aviation’s growth throughout the 20th century, powered by rapidly improving technology and a changing political landscape: from the crossing of oceans to advances in propulsion, through the evolution of design and cartography, these maps are a testament to the incredible progress aviation has experienced in the 20th century.
Direction of Travel is edited by Christian Nolle, a half German/half Danish 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.