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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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!

My website

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!

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.