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A Typographic Map of Los Angeles

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Chicago graphic designer, Jenny Beorkrem, designs neighborhood posters of various cities in her own simple typographic style. A couple weeks ago, she released the Los Angeles one (available in three colors, see large image here), adding to the collection of other cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The 24” x 36” (that's 6 sq. ft.) eco-friendly posters (100% recycled paper with soy-based inks) show 111 neighborhoods in Los Angeles represented by their names in Beorkrem style's of typography layout.

The moment we saw this poster, it became an instant favorite (we're going for the minimalist white one). We rang Beorkrem for a little Q & A. She was kind enough to talk to us as she watched a Cubs game.

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Culver City? Beverly Hills? Those are not in Los Angeles

"I started off with the rule that is was the city limits and that's it. Then LA comes along and there all those little cities and unicorporated areas," she explained. It was a tough job and she originally made it without the smaller island cities like West Hollywood, but it looked like someone did target practice with the poster.

Los Angeles has around 180 neighborhoods, but, so far, no one has been able to verify the actual count. Not even city council members have able to name the neighborhoods in their own districts.