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One of the greatest perks of creating maps is getting to know new cities – it’s kinda like having an intimate Lonely Planet guide to the cutest inns, taverns, restaurants and B&B’s in the country. Right now I am working on several maps at once, mentally traveling back and forth across the country, studying the topography of a mountain town or the lakes that break up a metropolis… and then suddenly a project came along that took me to the high seas! I am creating a map for a business located on a Pier in San Francisco, California. This being a great opportunity to style a map as a nautical chart I began Googling for inspiration. I didn’t expect to find the coloring of  the charts to be so intriguing –  aqua, turquoise, violet, rust, coral all came together to describe the topography of the ocean floor, the currents, and tides.

Then, this morning I got an email from Urban Outfitters advertising their “nautical” clothing selection and I realized how prevalent nautical and maritime imagery has become. type in “nautical” on Etsy and you come up with a slew of cards and cardigans and earrings. I have to say, I have always been taken with sailor attire  and  sailing culture in general. Doing a nautical map gives me so many symbols to work with, I can hardly wait to see how it will turn out!

Map Sources:

Map 1

Map 2

Map 3


Ok, it took a while but it’s finally done (in time for the boy’s birthday!): my Map of Love and Birthdays. This year, a few days ago in fact, I turned 25. It seemed like a big deal – better than 16 or 21 which, though sparks flew on 21, were not the same kind of landmarks as 25 in my mind. This year also happens to be my four year anniversary with my darling. In light of this (and the fact that his birthday is a few days after mine which is a few days after Valentine’s Day and before our anniversary) I decided to illustrate our love story – which had many twists and geographical coincidences – by using my birthdays as chronological signposts.

the map

the Map of Love and Birthdays

I wanted something that was both whimsical and a little classic – my boy likes old books, antique maps, Shakespeare and dusty bookstores so I thought that I would give the map a little of everything. Of course I couldn’t help but throw my own style into the mix, and of course colors. I have been really enjoying orange lately – dusty, copper and ochre-y orange. Especially mixed with blues and browns.

By default (there was so much to fit in!) the text took on a turn-of-the-century esthetic: tight leading, the scrawling and beautiful “affair” typeface and the tiny font size.

This project was a fun digression, something of a challenge. And the best part: he liked it a lot.

Enter to Win a Free wedding map!
In light of the wedding season beginning as well as my entry into the wedding mapper world,  I have decided to start out with a giveaway! Enter to win an elevated or a flat map (the elevated map includes up to four sites, the flat up to nine icons). Would you like to be entered into the drawing? Email me, with the words “free map” in the subject line.

Good Luck!Spring Love Special


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