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Are you planning a pub crawl? Are you going on a road trip? Visiting a new city? You need a map. And now you can make your own.

Card making is usually something you associate with old guys in dusty paper-laden shops or serious people wearing colorful glasses and working at huge digital desks.

But now, mapping startup felt makes it easy to create personalized cards with drawing tools such as markers, pins, notes, and images.

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The startup launched its platform publicly this week after private beta testing with more than 1,000 people. And I decided to give it a try.

Can I make a map in 10 minutes?

I timed myself to make this 10 minute card for a friend visiting Charlottenberg, Berlin. I’ve added a transport layer, a few places worth visiting and some text. Super easy. It’s not the most sophisticated, but it was fast.

Google Maps is simple, but this one is a lot more fun. You can create digital representatives from old-fashioned, hand-drawn maps, including markers and notes. It can even contain photos, links and videos.

card made with felt