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From my window in Brooklyn I can see one tree branch covered in yellow and orange leaves. Can you believe it’s fall? Can you believe it’s still hot out? I’m so ready for winter! Of course I’m sure I’ll be saying just the opposite after a few weeks of snow, but in New York City, pining for the next season is par for the course. It’s like decorating for Halloween; exchanging disavowals of shorts, endorsing closet rummaging and dusting off of snow boots are all part of October’s festivities. But I digress. What I really wanted to say is that here in my little map workshop (picture a table with lots of paper, pens and watercolors spread out all over the place), I have been buried under a mountain of maps. It’s been great. But it also means less time to post.

Above is a map I did over the summer for a lovely couple getting married in Colorado. One of my personal favorite states––the mountains, the sun, the skiing, the sun, the rock-climbing––Colorado has plenty of environmental attributes to work with. Buffalo, for one. This simple flat map with digital color has just a few key icons to make it pop.

Below is a little roundup of some more summer maps including Dallas, Napa and Palo Alto.

Just after I left the state another California map came my way. Mendocino, California with beautiful, rolling hills makes it prime wedding country. This map project came with a great bride to work with too – she wanted minimal text and maximum art space. I had fun stretching the hills to the edges of the paper and tucking the wedding sites into lush corners.

 

This project began as a map and morphed into an entire suite. The bride and groom are friends of mine  – the groom is my childhood best friend’s older brother – so when I heard that he was getting married I excitedly asked if he and his fiancé needed a wedding map. The two are to be married in Oregon, at the Buckhorn Springs retreat center. A beautiful and secluded resort/retreat center, Buckhorn is tucked into the hills not far from Ashland, Oregon.

After the map was finished the couple contacted me again to find out if I would be able to do a few illustrations for the rest of the suite that they were designing themselves. I agreed, and one thing leading to another, I was helping design their suite! It was very much a collaboration: the couple had an idea of the fonts they wanted, the pieces that they needed and the colors as well as the general styling. Together we came up with these three pieces.

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