all images, c. Kevin Sprouls
In my long career, I’ve often enjoyed creating illustrated maps for various clients. Map-making is cool because it incorporates graphical information with pictorial represention and typography. I rather like hand-lettering, so cartography is a perfect medium for me.
Above, a cruise-ship route map. Depicting the land contours was most challenging.
Here, a map that I did for American Airlines, showing flight options for travelers going to England. I produced all but the type in this example.
Here we have a historical map of Washington, D.C., commissioned for a schoolbook. I was trying for an antique, parchment effect to express an antiquated look. The hand-lettering also helps lend this map a dated appearance.
A map showing the Mendoza wine-region of Argentina…
Above, a map depicting various destinations on the African continent. This may have been for British Airways.
Here, a black-and-white diagram map for a magazine story about various locations around the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Finally, a New York City map, showing the various neighborhoods comprising Manhattan Island. I especially like the compass rose in this map.
I plan to create more illustrated maps going forward. Stay tuned for future installments!