The Asheville Map honored for design, will be included in Atlas of Design

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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the_asheville_map_award_2014Congratulations to designer Bruce Daniel and his wife Nora for their work on this incredible map. It is beautiful, functional and proceeds from its sale benefit a local nonprofit in MANNA Food Bank. You don’t get any better than that. Press release:

The Asheville Map has been selected for an atlas featuring the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic designs.

Best Local Map has announced that its inaugural product, The Asheville Map™, has been selected for inclusion in the NACIS Atlas of Design. The book, scheduled for publication this fall, spotlights “examples of the world’s best cartography.” The paper map of central and metro Asheville is true to scale using an aesthetically rendered topographic base. Highly detailed, including restaurants, breweries, art spaces, entertainment venues, parks, neighborhoods and landmarks, the map articulates the local fabric of the Asheville area. A digital guide accessed through the map’s Smart Corners links to the hundreds of curated points of interest labeled on the map.

This honor comes just six months after The Asheville Map’s first printing which has been receiving praise from Asheville visitors, residents and press for its style and content. Writing for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Carol Motsinger characterized the map as “a beautiful, slick map highlighting everything from breweries to museums; mountain peaks to pharmacies… [a] blend of both fun and function.”

Of particular note is that each map sold benefits MANNA FoodBank. Map sales have already provided thousands of meals to those in need in Western North Carolina.

The Asheville Map brings to fruition the map that creator Bruce Daniel and his wife Nora wished was available when they first came to Asheville ten years ago. Mr. Daniel, a longtime map designer, is thrilled at the atlas inclusion, stating, “Asheville deserves a map that reflects its place among the world’s best.” Information about purchasing The Asheville Map locally or online can be found at

Company Information:
Best Local Map designs beautiful and informative maps that celebrate the unique qualities and local flavor of cities that are small in size and big at heart. Each map supports a local beneficiary and provides access to an online guide through Smart Corners™.

MANNA FoodBank is the designated beneficiary of The Asheville Map. Every map sold provides enough food for more than a meal. MANNA’s mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

Bruce Daniel
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Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. smiley June 20, 2014

    You mean maps can also be printed on paper? They can be carried around with you?
    What a hassle…………. I bet they don’t have GPS. How will you know where you are when you look at it or which direction you are facing?

    I don’t about this “paper” map invention.

  2. Santa June 18, 2014

    They kind of forgot West Asheville.

    1. Smytty June 18, 2014

      It’s on the backside.

      I thought we locals liked for people to overlook West Asheville?

      1. Orbit DVD June 23, 2014

        I guess the backside is appropriate.

        1. smytty June 23, 2014

          I think it’s a pretty awesome map. Way better than the cartoon ones we all hand out to the tourists. And, proceeds go to Manna Food Bank.


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