The system of longitude and latitude coordinates is quite brilliant. You can choose any location on Planet Earth and pinpoint it with just a few little numbers and a couple of letters. Simple but powerful.
Latitude specifies how far north or south of the equator a location is. Longitude specifies how far around the globe a location is. It's a system of enormous rows and columns, where the rows are stretched round the planet in a series of layers, and the columns are wrapped around the equator and both the poles.
Latitude and longitude have many obvious, critical, scientific uses: navigation, mapping, the positioning of satellites. And also, not quite so critically or scientifically, longitude and latitude coordinates make great pieces of wall art. Science and art are not so far apart.
So what is a coordinates print? It's a print with longitude and latitude coordinates displayed on it. You choose any place you like - your home, somewhere you visited on holiday, the place you were born, the place you met your partner. There are a lot of special places in all our lives!
Here are 5 reasons why custom coordinates prints make great wall art and very personal gifts.
Coordinates prints displays a special location in a beautifully simple way. There's no need for the visual complexities of a map, which means that other visual aspects of the wall art - the design, the fonts, the colour - can take centre stage. Simplicity has its own beauty.
Coordinates prints subtly remind us that the place celebrated on the wall art is connected to the rest of the planet. The longitude and latitude focus on one particular location, but they only make sense when viewed in the context of the whole Earth.
Custom coordinates print are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, like the location of a wedding or moving into a new home. Most coordinates prints have the option to add one or two extra pieces of text - you can use these to show a date or people's names. They make the print a celebration not just of a place, but of a place and a time together.
Coordinates prints are one of those rare gifts that are a great gift for almost anyone. Why? Because everyone has lots of places that are special to them for all sorts of different reasons. Whoever you're giving to will love that you created a piece of wall art just for them. It's easy to pick a special location to celebrate on a coordinates print. Weddings, anniversaries (especially for Valentine's Day) and new homes are always very popular!
A coordinates print is a very personal gift, with a very personal connection to whoever you're giving it to. It's a gift that shows you care. It shows you've treated the person you're giving the gift to as an individual - it'll make them feel special.
There is one thing about personalised coordinates prints that is very useful to knowand is not always obvious when you order one.
At elevencorners we favour the classic degrees/minutes/seconds format to display longitudes and latitudes (we think this format is more beautiful than the alternative decimal format). But sometimes this classic format isn't quite accurate enough and you might need to make a decision.
(a) Be totally accurate in pinpointing the location and add a decimal place after the seconds. The downside is that the extra decimal place can make the print look marginally less attractive.
(b) accept marginally lower accuracy and emphasise the beauty of the print, knowing that the spirit of the location is present in the coordinates even if they pinpoint somewhere a few meters down the road.
We'll only know whether you need to make a choice when we've found out the coordinates of your location. If your location is extremely specific (for example an individual house) then you might need to think about accuracy versus beauty, otherwise you won't. We've had customers opt for accuracy and we've had other customers opt for beauty. You decide!
As an example, here are some totally accurate coordinates for a location:
51° 14' 10.4" N 00° 34' 13.2" W
The same location with rounded coordinates looks like this:
51° 14' 10" N 00° 34' 13" W
At elevencorners we make wall art that's personal - for memories, milestones and the things you love. Custom coordinates prints are often used to mark milestones (like moving into a new home) or memories (the place you first met your partner).
All our custom coordinates print designs include the option to add at least one extra line of text. Check out our entire coordinates print collection by clicking the image below.