Wahoo! My New Website!

Our Earth has been scurrying through space for some time, now. As many of you experience, it doesn’t seem to be waiting for you, me, or any of my friends. Rotating, revolving, it just seems to be oblivious to our wantings, be they great or small.

I’ve been putting off setting up a new online store for the last nine months or so. I’ve decided that it is time and a good thing to do! This is a moment of relief for me, knowing in the space of the Universe, what ever! 😉

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Explore the front page, but feel free to look at the listings! Let me know what you think!

-Doug

Map… Interrupted

simple interior
Guess what I do in my down time? Here’s another newbie! This is a projection that took a bit for me to figure out. Once I did, I feel I came up with a real doozy!
 
The map shape (projection) is a bit unorthodox… in a good way! In fact the projection is called “Goode.” The neutral colors differentiate areas without interfering with the flow and will blend well with many interiors.
This was another request from a customer!
Oh yes, I’m pleased!

What? I Don’t Need to Poke Holes in My Travel Map?

I know, I’m not ashamed of being corny or cheesy when it comes to titles.
This is how I depend on my customers for new ideas. This is the brainstorm of a pilot who wants to show his young daughter where he travels for work! Brilliant!
So I developed a process and supply lines and here we are…
New Product Time!
Tired of putting pin holes in your Travel Map? Get one of these Magnet Receptive Travel Maps! Trace your travels while maintaining the integrity of your art. You can even used a dry erase marker on it! This is the first in a series.
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Boundary Waters Mural?

For those who are interested in my BWCA map, may like to hear I’m considering making a mural version.

The concept is easy:

1. The print would be on adhesive fabric and be installed like large stickers. There would be some overlap, to match panels at the seams.

2. Size in inches: 140” x 80”

3. Size in feet: 11.67’ x 6.67’

4. Number of panels: Five – 28” wide panels @ 80” high

5. Price: $400

Message me if you have any thoughts!

 

Here’s the original listing.

I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before.

Yes! The road calls. And I am listening! Soon, my friends, soon.

In the meantime, I’m focused on some new projects.

In case you haven’t found my shop… Here you go!

Ah yes. Projects. I have so much work, it’s crazy. If all my designs sold, I’d be rich! But, I find joy in the process. There is richness.

What news? I’ve been getting contacts from Australia, lately. I’ve sold to folks Down Under, in the past. The difference is the volume of work I’m sending there this month! It gives me a chance to test out some new packaging processes, I’ve worked on. Packaging for mounted maps is always a question mark, or just a pain in the butt. This time, I may have nailed it down!

NewMapPackaging

It resembles a crate!

I got a request for some custom work by a high profile client… I’ll let you know how that turns out. While you wait, Here are some samples of a very large pushpin map I’ve been putting together for them. I’m not sure about the colors, yet. It’s based on two different designs I’ve already produced.

There is a joy in developing new designs. I tell customers who have ideas they would like to purchase that I will come up with a concept and develop it to their specifics. If they decide not to go with it, it’s alright, I’ll post it anyway. Who knows, maybe someone else will buy it!? I’m rarely disappointed.

I may look at this one again, altering the color specs. Maybe it deserves to be less dark!

Be that as it may, I’m contemplating creating a listing for my ever popular BWCA map (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) as a mural! The five panels would be set up like wallpaper, with overlapping seams. The material is an adhesive fabric, which works well on many wall surfaces (not too textured). It stays as long as you want it and comes down without fight or residue. It can be reapplied, for a number of times.

My guess for the listing would be:

140”x80”
5 panels
$400

If there is interest, I’ll definitely proceed!

I’ve got a backlog of concepts and listing ideas. Life is too short! Wish I didn’t need a regular job!

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

…likely to add a pin to her beautiful world travel map!

Link: Desertscape

World Travel MapSoft, warm, and mysterious, like the vanquished heat at the end of the desert day, toward dusk. I will customize the title, if you wish. It comes mounted on foam board and ready for framing. I thought a steel gray or black frame would work nicely!

World Travel Map detail

Note Casablanca is on this detail… !

Yes! In case you wondered, it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Mothers travel, too!

The colors are subtle and blend with many decors.

My hope is that these designs evoke memories and dreams. They certainly have for me!

 

 

Send me concept ideas! I’d love to hear what people think!

Try ruling the world, sometime…

PrintWe are moving into one of the seasons of travel. I’ve tasked myself to design some very unique world maps to highlight travels. Yes, unique is one, but they have to be nice, too!

Many of you who are familiar with design may agree with me when I say our creations are like babies. No one design stands higher than the other. Although, there are a few prodigies that shine the way for the rest, I’m thinking.

My Skyline map uses a soft color palette set on a composite of over twenty of our world’s most familiar city skylines. With a mix of passport stamps above, this map expresses beauty and evokes excitement for the open road. This comes mounted on foam board, and includes pushpins to mark your travels!

Here’s the link! Skyline Map

pushpinsample3Next is a map that is quickly becoming a “classic.” This is a world map in bold yellow, gold, and deep blues. This design is my first posted and has gotten the most interest, over the past three years or so.

I wanted to create something that would be truly eye catching, using saturation and contrasting colors. The effect is stunning!

This, too, has a good number of cities located, is mounted on foam board, and includes pushpins for locating places you’ve been, a loved one has seen, or want to go in the future!

Here’s the link: World Travel Map

Although there are many more maps to show you, I’ve got to stop myself… One more!

CoastlineDetailThis is not a pushpin map, but a beautiful wall map showing physical features, ocean features, as well as major cities. The colors that are warm and subtle, to blend with neutral settings.

It’s a bit larger than many of my others. It is also a more rectangular projection, rather than my more traditional oval. I had brought a lot of focus on type placement on this design. Labels were carefully placed and given an “organic” feel.

Here’s the link: Warm Colors World Map

Sometimes pictures can say more than words. Wedding season and graduation is coming up! Consider maps as a lifetime gift for your world explorer!

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Ebb and Flow

As things go, after working a couple of years as an home improvement assistant, I have struck out on my own. What this means is total control over my projects, which I’m used to. But, I’ll miss working with my old buddy, who has given me my home improvement education. I am completely confident in my work.

Other news includes a wider interest in my BWCA map. There is a user group that has been in conversation about nothing less than my map! They are assisting in some edits and improvements, to enable a new edition! It will be featured in a charticle at Canoe and Kayak Magazine, too!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163120741/boundary-waters-canoe-area-wilderness?ref=shop_home_feat_4

I love creating maps. And I love input from folks, so they love it, too!