I was born in Massachusetts, but quickly left, only to spend my childhood in its redheaded stepchild, Rhode Island. I constantly interacted with this landscape on long drives to New Hampshire. When setting course, we would always have to choose: go around Boston on 495 or straight through the big dig. Without the GPS, each option brought either mild inconvenience or hours of terrible traffic. I never actually understood this cartography until I drew this map, and pieced together the long web of randomly numbered routes from Provincetown to The Berkshires.
ABOUT THE IDEA
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.
ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING
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.
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