Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Maps Illustrated nominated for Book Award

The short-list for the Travel Press Awards has been announced and the Maps Illustrated book " Walk London" has been nominated in the Guide Book section. This prestigious national awards programme created to recognise excellence and achievement within the fields of travel journalism, photography and broadcasting.
Having been nominated for an award in the British Book Design Awards for '52 weekends by the sea' but not actually winning it would be great to end this great (in my eyes) year with an award.
The other nominations in that category are
- Australia - published by Lonely Planet
- Back Roads Great Britain - published by DK Eyewitness Travel
- Camping in Britain - published by The Rough Guides
- Marrakech Day by Day - published by Frommer's
- Walk London - published by Pitkin Guides further details of Walk London can be found on the website

Friday, 8 October 2010

Glen Canyon- Utah a special illustrated map

Wow, I think as I look at the pictures of Antelope Canyon, Utah! This is a special place, a place changed so much not by man but by time and the world it's self. Luckily I had been commissioned by Backpacker magazine to produce a map of the area, but exploring the area on Google Earth and looking at photos made this commission so much more exciting and I feel that this excitement was transferred to the map. Using the colours of the area which evoke the palette of the 1950's and a simple hand-drawn style made this such a memorable maps. The client thought it was 'awesome'. What do you think?

Monday, 6 September 2010

New Work from the Summer 2010

Here is a selection of illustrated maps from the summer of 2010 produced for a variety of clients and just updated to the maps illustrated website.
An illustrated bespoke map of a walk around Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire.

A crawl around some Bars in Denver.

Find a relaxing Cowshed Spa with this gorgeous simple map of London for Cowshed.
Take a tour along the Hennessy way to Cognac following this Black and White Illustrated map
Or take a leisurely holiday in Lithuania with and this full page illustrated map.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Maps Illustrated ready to wrap

Wrapping paper produced by Maps Illustrated for Lagom Design is now available in all good gift wrap stores. If you are unable to get to a local store buy online at Lagom Design. Or if you would like to stick them on your wall why not buy a one-off print in a colour to match your decor. New York, London and Paris are available at the present. Contact us to get a price for the print.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Solstice Collection starts getting maps

Recently I was approached by John Bird of the stylish London Concierge Services to produce a map for a property they looked after for Solstice Collection ( ).Solstice Collection is the very exclusive, upmarket and premier destination Club in the world. ( ). The map was to be simple, stylish, informative but at the same time a map that could be easily used on the local streets and folded up and slipped into your pocket. The first map of Shad Thames is below/above which the Solstice CEO loved and we are discussing producing maps for all there properties worldwide... no where shall we start..umm Paris, Florence, New York, St Barts, Napa Valley or maybe Costa Rica or Aspen umm ..............
If you have a property that needs a map why not contact us for a quote.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Best of British Book Design

I have just heard from the author of '52 weekends by the sea' that the book has been shortlisted for the best design of an illustrated lifestyle book against 4 cookery books.Here is the list below.

Lifestyle Illustrated

52 Weekends by the Sea, Virgin Books
Miss Masala, HarperCollins
Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian, HarperCollins
Tender, HarperCollins
The Geometry of Pasta, Pan Macmillan

Hopefully the book with 53 of my maps will win an award and i can call myself an award winning illustrator again. fingers crossed

Monday, 26 April 2010

London Illustrated Maps a growing series

I am slowly growing my collection of maps of London, maybe living in the city helps. but on a recent trip to Paris i saw similar maps in a French magazine Cote de Paris? and thought maybe mapping a new unknown city to me would be fun or just creating a fictious city but in the meantime I will stick to London which I sort know a little.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Wall Street Journal Illustrated map of Mallorca

Wall Street Journal Europe asked us to produce an illustrated map of Mallorca for the European edition of its weekend magazine.
They loved the work and are about to embark on a series of city walk maps over the summer.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Diplomatic Afghan map

I have recently been commissioned to illustrate an Afghanistan map for Diplomat magazine. A country that is very dominant in our minds but still largely unknown geographically. Hopefully the image which sits along side an article about how the allied forces will withdraw will shed a little more light on the country.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Illustrated Map as marketing Tool for School

I was asked a couple of weeks ago to produce a map for Clayesmore School in Dorset. The school were looking at a new marketing tool that would encourage children to want to come to the school not just from England but from all over the world.
The school came up with a treasure tin that would include items that the children would like to keep and look at, included in the tin was the illustrated map show the location of the school its close! proximity to London and also show some of the locations students may visit while at the school. I await to see how the map looks printed and folded in the tin.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Double Page Spreads

I have put together a pdf of double page spread maps produced over the the last year or so and have placed this on my website at the following link:-
If you would like to commission a DPS then talk to me and I will give you an idea of costings.