Hidden Book-Edge Map Maintains Your Cred

Ever needed to take a quick look at a subway map but don't want to out yourself as a tourist who doesn't know his way around? This brilliant Moleskine map hack demonstrates how to check your map but keep your street cred.

Flickr user b_light explains:

My Moleskine hack... hides the fact that you are a tourist and can only be used on a soft cover notebook. When you fold the notebook length-wise (when the spine practically touches the long edge of the back cover), the fore-edge of the pages fan out. Only when the notebook is folded this way, does a subway map clearly appear. This is due to the fact that the map is printed on the edge while the notebook is positioned like this. You can hide the fact that you are consulting a subway map and be spared the embarrassment and scorn from locals.

If you're heading into unfamiliar territory for a holiday, this trick could come in very handy.

Moleskin 2.0 Exhibition Entry [B.light Design via Make]


    I'm a bit surprised anyone would care enough to do this; the fact is no-one dares look at anyone else on the subway eg. NYC, for fear of being spoken to/mugged, let alone worrying about what other passengers are doing -- obsessive insecurities over your appearance to complete strangers must be a Gen.Y peculiarity.

    Try doing that with a subway map of Tokyo ( http://speedymole.com/Tubes/Tokyo/tokyo-subway-map.gif )

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