Lima Map
Lima Map

Lima Map

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Lima, capital of Peru. Colonists landed in 1532 planting their fingerprints all over the design of the city, from the regal squares and balcony-lined streets. It wasn't always such a big city, and much of the expansion started in 1940 after a huge earthquake rocked the city.

My South American adventuring design partner David Hennessy was in charge of this one, responding to the overall feeling of the place to make a map that makes sense in design and arrangement. 

Information is more fun to read when it's beautiful. I've designed these charts and maps with hours of research, reassembling data into a brain-friendly aesthetic. I edit the information significantly, avoiding the "dazzle" effect which occurs when our eyes are battered with too much information. Letterpress makes it even more gorgeous.

Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All letterpress prints are slammed with 600 pounds of pressure, creating a deep, tactile texture. The ink gets embedded into the thick soft paper so it won't fade within your lifetime. Read more about letterpress printing here.


Your local frame shop is going to do a better job than anyone else. There's a reason this craft endures and cannot be automated: It's skilled work that is best done face-to-face in physical space.

See more framing ideas here.

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