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!

My website

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!

My Old Friend, this coffee shop.

Again, a familiar scene, this old coffee shop has been good to me.  Ah, there’s a seat.  I’m just in time to catch a chair, comfy.  Relax my mind, settled.  The soundtrack includes pleasant voice murmurs and chuckles, clicking plates and cups, old wooden chair groans, and the thump of doors escaping controlling hands, wanting to be shut more quickly.

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited this place.  My new work has taken a bit of time.  I’ve accepted journeyman work with a home remodeling expert, of many years.  This has, indeed, become one of my passions.  We assess the old and outdated, destroy it, fulfilling some ideal vision of living space, making dreams come true!

Now, in the midst of winter, work lightens.  I find myself here, at this familiar space, which doesn’t seem to change.  This is good!  What is different is not having written in so long.  It must be the right thing to do, in this place.

My side project has been art and map design, which I am slowly becoming known.  The challenge is not with design as it is with promotion.  I can find galleries and sites to show my work, but the world will not know me until I spend the money… But how can I without cash flow?  That’s always the puzzle.

To date, the most successful design launch has been for a world travelers’ pushpin map.  I launched the work last week and have had a huge number of clicks to the Etsy site I’ve posted it.  I’ve also had a request to customize the colors… exciting!

Etsy Page Map link

Now that work is slow, I can focus on expanding my craft and build a stable future that can blend design work and building projects.  Satisfying a breadth of interests and skills, the world is looking pretty good.  I am free to develop my mind in the company of others.  Thanks to this old coffee shop.

Giveaway!

BoundaryWatersSm39x27I’ll not be shy!  I want folks to see my work, and would frankly like you to have some in you home!

http://bit.ly/1fsX3Be

Prizes can be seen here.

I will be hosting this event for another three days.  All the maps I produce now are made from scratch using public domain data, converted and laid out to create clean and readable information in an aesthetic setting. My mission is to foster interest in printed maps for people of all ages by building beautifully designed and geographically accurate designs.  They are educational!  Frankly, I’ve got a huge backlog of map ideas.  I wish there was more time in the week!

Free Map Posters!

Don’t forget to sign up for the print giveaway!

Doug Crews-Nelson Artographer

As promised, I will be holding my map giveaway, this week!

I’ve decided to kick off the event at the publishing of an interview by a widely read blogger, Thirdeyemom!

http://thirdeyemom.com/2013/10/12/different-walks-of-life-interview-with-cartographer-doug-crews-nelson/

Thirdeyemom? This is the blogger name for Nicole Melancon, traveller, writer, parent and humanitarian. She has agreed to interview me for her new blog series. Please, feel free to check it out, as well as her other work, as she studies the world as an explorer, and assists with projects and concepts to improve our planet.

Here is the contest link: http://bit.ly/1fsX3Be

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Free Map Posters!

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

As promised, I will be holding my map giveaway, this week!

I’ve decided to kick off the event at the publishing of an interview by a widely read blogger, Thirdeyemom!

http://thirdeyemom.com/2013/10/12/different-walks-of-life-interview-with-cartographer-doug-crews-nelson/

Thirdeyemom? This is the blogger name for Nicole Melancon, traveller, writer, parent and humanitarian. She has agreed to interview me for her new blog series. Please, feel free to check it out, as well as her other work, as she studies the world as an explorer, and assists with projects and concepts to improve our planet.

Here is the contest link: http://bit.ly/1fsX3Be

Artography

One of my latest ventures has been to design unique and appealing wall maps.  In this way, I want to be a famous artist/cartographer — Artographer!!!

No fears, I know there is no such word.  Although, maybe there will be some day, with a bit of effort.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be on the front end of a new expression?  I say, yes…

Meanwhile, as I await the approach of my “grand reopening” giveaway, I’d like to poll folks on what themes and regions they would like to see on a map.  Doesn’t that sound like fun!  I will use the most popular suggestions to give me thoughts on my next projects.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DCNdesign

In the mean time, feel free to browse my store.  I admit, I don’t have many thematic maps, but I’ve got a huge one in the works.  I’ve got another fun physiographic map in the works, too!  It will be the coolest map you may have ever seen!

Prepare for a Giveaway!!!

One of many art map designs at my shop.

One of many art map designs at my shop.

Among my projects I have pulled most of my recent artistic endeavors together to create a united effort to share some of my favorite designs/art.  I’ve had an Etsy store for some time, but have let it lapse, until now.  So I’ve decided to call my latest drive my “Grand Opening!”

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DCNdesign?ref=si_shop

If you get a chance, feel free to visit and “like” your favorites.  I’ll select from the two most popular designs for my grand opening giveaway!

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

Accurate world map combined with a cool blue stare.

Here’s my personal promo (I hope to see you there!):

Turning Cartography to “Artography”

Here's the full Paris layout.

Here’s the full Paris layout.

There is no such word as Artography, but the hope of Madison, Wisconsin artist/cartographer (mapper) Doug Crews-Nelson is to make an impact in the world of art with his special angle on map design.About Doug Crews-Nelson
Doug’s background begins out of college, where he created maps using pen and ink, over twenty years ago. From there, he worked for a local mapping company, scribing elements for composite to films for press plates. There he began developing his computer cartography skills. He became a business partner at Magellan Mapping Company. There his repertoire grew to include graphic design. He experimented with fine art design on his computer using top of line graphic design programs, and getting an education on print substrates.As print cartographers are being squeezed out of the market by online mapping services, Doug has been happy to turn his focus toward reacquainting people with a love of the printed map, combining accurate information, in a clean and effective way, coupled with elegant design and element. And that’s the twist, these maps can be used as a geographic resource as well as stand alone art.As a commission artist, Doug works with the media he is most familiar with; paper, adhesive fabrics, clear acrylic, bio-materials, certain woods, ceramic tiles, and so on. Projects range from household, office, and public spaces. Products are wide and creative, including; framed compositions, murals, and laser/router cut printed elements.

The Biggest Cat in the Universe!

Cloud Man #6

Cloud Man #6

Today is the first day of the rest of the week.  My poster promotion has begun!  I am building a marketing package for one company that I’ve been in contact with, to take the conversation to the next level.  I’ve learned that it ain’t sold until it’s sold.  So, I don’t put a lot of emotion into the process, until the sale is closed.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am excited, just not overly optimistic, and certainly not pessimistic.

That’s why I haven’t written this week.  That’s why my mind is a blank, today!  So welcome to my non-creative post…

Oh, the title?  We’ve got a big cat.  I doubt he’s the biggest.  But he sure doesn’t help our grocery budget… and the litterbox…

My book promo did alright.  I got more than eighty copies out, in one day!  The game begins.  A friend agreed to read chapters for me, as I write.  I’m hoping this will help me to stay on track.  I may work on both of my next books at once.  Variety, eh?  I think it might actually work out by creating balance.  “…Mrs. Nuisance” will continue on the laptop and the next installment of “Adventures of Tat…” will begin on the notebook.  We have a box of old spiral bound notebooks back in the closet of the study.  They are mostly remainders from our kid’s school, or classes we’ve taken and are quite ready for my next project!

I will be finishing pouring over my paperback proof, today, making adjustments and submitting it to Createspace.  This has been a useful process.  One, I wish I would have done before I went digital… fortunately, I will be able to swap out the ebook, seamlessly.  I have thought about a second edition, for that one.  Mostly because there are features in the story that may be under addressed.  Besides, I can’t help tweaking.

I’ll leave you with this song, raw as it is.  There is a sense that it may rip apart, at any point.  In some ways, it helps the space, a bit:

Commute

Thank you for reading,

Doug

Free Book Promo, Coffee AND Fitness!!!

Cloud Man #5

Cloud Man #5

I admit, the title of this post is somewhat bland and informative.  I usually have to trade creativity with practicality, sometimes…

Coffee Plus

So, I made it to my coffee shop today.  EVP is about a mile from home.  Bright setting, nice music, and people.  The Friday buzz matches my Friday caffeine buzz.  Couldn’t be much more perfect.

I will admit my nerdiness from time to time, just to prove that a person like me can develop and maybe even thrive in our American society, as it is.  At the beginning of the week, I weighed by backpack… 14 pounds.  I’ve been considering this through the week and have decided that I need to beef up my workout.  So today, I added an oversized coffee table Van Gogh book to give me a grand total of 22 pounds.  That’s over half what I would carry on a wilderness backpacking trip!  That’s alright… you can judge me on this.  I’m in good spirits, today!

Flash!

Click Me!!  for my one day free download fall promotion of my new book!  November 30th only… if you get one, AND read it, please rate and review it on the Amazon link called Click Me!!  Thank You So Much!!

Plate

And so, I’m figuring out some things about the purpose of this blog, for me.  I’m not going to nail it down, completely, but will define it as a sounding board, tool for developing accountability, a venting opportunity, creative outlet, promotional venue, community builder, and journal.  Aside from that, I’m going to keep it pretty fluid… Don’t fence me in, bro!

Today, I continue digitizing Cloud Man for publication, altering one of my license agreements for a map poster project to be promoted by next week, survey interest for beginner acoustic guitar lessons for adults, brainstorm the perfect cash flow product, build a book cover for my first book to send to Createspace for on demand hard copies, and start production on the next of the “Adventures of Tat the Bat and Nolan” series.

I’ve decided to write my next book on paper, to start, knowing that I will need to transfer it to the computer, in the end.  The reason is inspired by the reading the proof of my first book, I recently received from Createspace.  I read it differently on paper.   Plus, when I transfer it to computer, I’m allowed another opportunity to study and alter the content.

I’m not going to post a song, like previous posts, today.  I just have too much to do!

Thank you for your time!

Doug