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Blanco River map

Blanco River map

Author Wes Ferguson contacted me in autumn of 2014 to talk about commissioning a map for his book The Blanco River. The book was slated for publication in 2015–and then came the Memorial Day floods. Two years later, after Wes completely […]

 
Personal Project–#DivestDonald

Personal Project–#DivestDonald

Red dots show real estate holdings/deals. Click to enlarge.

 
Map Illustration Starter Kit

Map Illustration Starter Kit

To go with my talk on “Hand-Rendered Map Illustration Techniques” at the 2016 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) conference, I’ve put together a list of materials for those new to map illustration. I’ll be following this with blog posts that go […]

 
Ox-Bow School of Art

Ox-Bow School of Art

Summer in Texas is a time to daydream about northern lakes. In August, a last-minute opening in a watercolor class I’d long wanted to attend aligned with a hole in my work schedule. I snatched up the opportunity to spend a week immersed […]

 
Maps for The 606

Maps for The 606

Chicago is ready to welcome a new trail system built from the remnants of an industrial rail line and I am pleased to have collaborated with The Trust for Public Land to make three print maps intended for on-the-ground use. I […]

 
Best printer in Chicago: a tour

Best printer in Chicago: a tour

Since I was little, I’ve loved visiting my dad’s print shop. The smell of ink, the shiny wooden floors of the plant, the friendly receptionists in front, the phone lines and job boards and copy machines. Neat stack after neat […]

 
Letterpress map

Letterpress map

It was a delight to visit Bradley Hutchinson’s pristine letterpress shop the other day to view the printed map page for Catherine Docter’s new volume The Village Churches of Santiago de Guatemala, 1527–2010. The book, designed by Hutchinson, includes silver gelatin prints, […]

 
Brockett Book Prize

Brockett Book Prize

Congratulations to author Paul Scolieri and the University of Texas Press! Professor Scolieri’s book Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest has received the 2014 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research. Paul sent a kind […]

 
Heywood Hotel map

Heywood Hotel map

The Heywood Hotel had me at “Hey.” Very thoughtful owners developed the property from a single-family home into a stunning and completely neighborhood-appropriate seven-room hotel. From the street, the Heywood modestly matches the scale of the small wooden houses that surround the hotel and make […]

 
Map for a coastal home

Map for a coastal home

Even when you’re at home, a map can really help you know where you are. A customer with a family home on the Pacific ocean wanted to include a map of the area in a new bar backsplash. His dad has always […]

 
Custom maps in Tribeza magazine

Custom maps in Tribeza magazine

Austin’s TRIBEZA magazine featured my custom map work in their November 2013 article “Classic Crafts”. Despite a case of the jitters, it was good fun to have photographer Kenny Braun and writer S. Kirk Walsh over to the studio. We talked […]

 
Time-lapse illustration video

Time-lapse illustration video

Hand-rendered maps can be an exhilarating yet labor-intensive proposition. Client Mark Hall came to me with the desire for a piece of original art to commemorate the success of his first feature-length documentary film, Sushi: The Global Catch. He would hang […]

 
First gig—map for Wendell Berry

First gig—map for Wendell Berry

I’m humbled that one of my pen and ink maps—in fact my first freelance assignment—continues to appear alongside the writings of national treasure Wendell Berry. Since being introduced to his work in a university course, I have devoured his essays, been moved and […]