Graphic Europe

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April 13, 2010

"We are designers. We notice things in a different way to other people." That's roughly the ethos that defines the Detour section of Dwell, and the expressed driving force behind the new travel guide, Graphic Europe: An Alternative Guide to 31 European Cities. As its name suggests, the book gives a design-driven account of 31 European cities—heavy hitters like London, Berlin, and Stockholm are accounted for, though lesser-traveled destinations like Valletta, Malta, Porto, Portugal, and Sofia, Bulgaria also make the cut. What to eat, where to go, what to see, and where to stay are the subjects taken up by 31 different graphic designers, and the result is an utterly idiosyncratic view on a panoply of cities.

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  Graphic Europe itself was designed by the London firm April and was edited by Ziggy Hanaor.
    Graphic Europe itself was designed by the London firm April and was edited by Ziggy Hanaor.
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  Graphic designer Joana Niemayer gives us the dirt on what she loves about London.
    Graphic designer Joana Niemayer gives us the dirt on what she loves about London.
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  Meret Aebersold waxes lyrical about one of his favorite cities, Zurich, Switzerland.
    Meret Aebersold waxes lyrical about one of his favorite cities, Zurich, Switzerland.

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