Yes, my name, Blok, means Block. In fact, the family name was Block until one of my ancestors moved to Rotterdam in the late 18th century and a lazy municipality official dropped the c.
The map consists of three grids, which are placed on top of each other. The largest blocks form a grid of 72 by 36; the attentive reader realizes immediately that each block corresponds to five degrees latitude and longitude. Underneath is a grid with blocks that are half the size; at the lowest level are quarter-sized blocks. And since my company’s name is 3Develop I had to introduce some relief by adding a shadow to the three layers.
The colors are realistic: red-brown for deserts, green for forests, white for snow and ice and blue for oceans. Or, well, realistic … maybe a bit exaggerated, for beauty’s sake.
Pillows and more
This map is not only available on print but also on coffee mugs, beach towels, phone covers, shower curtains, duvet covers and throw pillows.
UPDATE July 27, 2018: Europe
It was inevitable, of course: a block map of my own continent, Europe. Or, well, continent, that erratic protrusion from the Asian landmass with some islands around it, which is in general a good place to live. This map is of course more detailed than the section of the world map that can be seen above, so that many of those islands, but also a few straits can be easily recognized. The Netherlands are only a few blocks big; that of course asks for further elaboration …