Maine Map Print

Maine Map Print

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Maine, home of my father's family, has always had a very special place in my life. We would visit every fourth of July and Christmas to visit my grandparents. My grandfather was born in Fort Kent, waaaaaaay up north in Aroostook County, right next to Canada. He made it as far as Lewiston (the 2nd largest city in Maine), where him and my grandmother lived their entire adult lives. 

This one was tricky: Most of the population lives within the bottom 1/8 of the state, yet the shape of the Maine is totally iconic and needed to stay recognizable. It took a lot of editing and careful arranging to maintain that balance. 

I also had to deal with the coastline, over 3,000 miles squiggling through a relatively short span. Choosing the most noteworthy spots made an intimate knowledge of the state essential. 

8.5"x11" Letterpress Print

So why all the circles? Research indicates that GPS's are hindering our ability to create mental maps of our surroundings. My maps aim to install a "Map from the Mind" for each city, simplifying structures and districts in the simplest terms. Each design is taken as a new challenge, using the knowledge of locals to create a map that is both beautiful and useful.

Have you noticed that frame shops never go out of business? There's a reason. It's a highly specialized skill that requires individual attention. I recommend using your local framer.

Alternatively, has standard sized frames with many options. 

Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All Letterpress 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.

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