Map: Exploring the World

A new book from Phaidon looks at how we represent our world through maps, charting 5,000 years of cartography. Here, we look in detail at four examples – from an artistic interpretation of a national park and the first drawing of the moon, to visualising two very different natural disasters

Heath Robinson’s advertising celebrated in an exhibition at McCann London

From Honda to Google to OK Go, it would seem that everybody loves a quirky chain reaction machine. The influence for these contraptions is usually attributed to US cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg but another inspiration is British illustrator W Heath Robinson, whose work is currently on show at McCann London.

Assemble’s Granby Four Streets: this year’s Turner Prize winner?

Inventive and thought-provoking, the Granby Four Streets project from Assemble stands out in the Turner Prize shortlist. Antonia Wilson talks to the London-based collective at Glasgow’s Tramway, inside their installation – a monument to renovation and a showroom for their beautiful handcrafted homewares

Making Mars: Framestore’s visual effects for The Martian

Following its Oscar-winning work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Framestore has created some stunning visual effects for The Martian, Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s science fiction novel about a botanist stranded on Mars.

The Kioskafé: a new magazine shop and coffee bar from Monocle

The founders of Monocle have launched a new retail space, Kioskafé, outside London’s Paddington station. Part coffee bar, part newsagent, it aims to kickstart the print retail industry and promote great independent mags as well as more established titles.

Lovers: a new agency from YCN’s Alex Ostrowski

Former YCN Studio director Alex Ostrowski has set up a new creative agency, Lovers. We take a look at some of its recent projects, including visual identities for Blink Art and the Royal Court Theatre, some animated films for NSPCC addressing violence and sexual abuse and a new series of handbooks for The Scouts.