Map… Interrupted

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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!
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Instant Gratification!

Our world is in excess with access! We can find information and products nearly anywhere. Yet Earth’s rotation hasn’t changed. The sun rises and sets, as it has in our memories. Some things change, some do not.

So is the nature of my little mapping business! 😉

I have decided to open some of my designs to imediate download, for printing or whatever resonable need. When you go to my site, look for the Category called “Instant Download.” I’ll be creating images specifically for this field!

Here’s one of my downloadable images Click!!!

Print

This Image Shows Warm and Cold Ocean Currents, Using Warm and Cool Colors in Digital Brush Strokes!

Prices tend to be lower for these products, because I don’t have any logistical and material needs, other than the original production time.

For printing, I recommend heavy card stock or quality gloss and matte paper. Larger prints can be taken to local office supply or print shops. They can be printed smaller than the notes dimensions. Larger….? Roll of the dice!

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!

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!

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

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.