One of my favorite projects to work on is illustrating maps. I started a series of maps based on places on my bucket list, The Serengeti National Park in Africa, the Pacific Coast Highway, and Door County, which is a vacation place I get to go to quite often.
My process includes:
- Researching the location
- Researching just the right perspective of the map
- Laying down the grid
- Setting in the street names and locations
- Figuring out which icons I will need to communicate the story of the location
- Any other graphic elements to make the place seem inviting