AWOL is a creative system of maps designed for algorithmic wandering. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I think it’s fantastic. London-based designer Dan Cottrell can explain his brilliance best: “AWOL is a guide to getting lost, encouraging exploration and an increased awareness of your surroundings through a series of algorithmic walks. You won’t know exactly where you are going but will always return to your starting point..”
The kit includes a compas that doesn’t function like a normal navigation tool, and a simple travel-friendly case. I love the idea of just following a simple outline, taking turns you wouldn’t normally explore and then ending right back up where you started. There’s no better way to discover someplace than to just wander. (That was kind of the whole idea with the naming of this blog…) Of course this only perpetuates my fascination with creative maps. After all, I do have an entire category dedicated to them.
(Images from here.)