Store Launch

Being as my friends and colleagues over at Axis Maps have met with some success in selling their excellent typographic maps, I thought I would try my had at this whole game of making money on the Internet. So I’ve put up a few of my river maps up for sale. For more info and some images, click here. We’ll see what the future brings. I’m also donating a share of my profits to watershed conservation groups.

A far-off future desire is to expand something like this to encompass the work of others besides myself. I remember I had a student ask me once, “where can I buy cool maps?” I couldn’t really tell her where. There are stores that sell reference maps, of course, but there’s not really a go-to hub for thematic maps, for cartographic art that you’d want to put on your walls. At least, not one I’m aware of. I have friends and colleagues who have put together great designs, and perhaps someday we can unite together to show everyone that maps are more than for getting from A to B, and give them a place to obtain such things. There’s a demand out there for these things, but its fulfillment seems a bit scattered, to me.

Here’s a detail image of one of the maps. To see more images, I’ve set up a page linked here.

Southwest New England

7 thoughts on “Store Launch

    1. Thanks =). Perhaps you can use it to navigate around Midland and its surroundings. Fun fact I learned while making that one: there’s a town on the Saginaw River called Zilwaukee. Named that way so that settlers would confuse it with Milwaukee, and move to Michigan instead.

      1. Wow, that’s sneaky!

        I guess anyone who falls for that deserves to live in Michigan? ;)

        Just kidding. I’ll stop making fun of it when I move there. Maybe. :)

        [sorry to reply in the wrong place… apparently I can’t delete it!]

  1. Wow, that’s sneaky!

    I guess anyone who falls for that deserves to live in Michigan? ;)

    Just kidding. I’ll stop making fun of it when I move there. Maybe. :)

    1. I made comment because I knew you would have a snarky comeback =). But those words will come back to haunt you once you’ve settled in and gone native.

  2. Nicely done! I like the subtle color scheme. You don’t need the typical transit map colors for this purpose. I put some of them up on my blog-hope you don’t mind.
    How about the Delaware and Susquehanna systems next?

    1. Thanks for the kind words. It’s interesting that you mention the typical transit map colors, because I’ve had a couple of people suggest that I make a version of one of these with the bright greens and reds and yellows you’d find on a subway map. I’m not sure that’s so much to my personal taste, however.

      Thanks for the mention on your blog; I don’t mind at all. As a minor request — could you link them to this page: https://somethingaboutmaps.wordpress.com/river-maps/ ? I’m trying to make that more of my main storefront than the Zazzle site, since the latter doesn’t allow as much customization or control.

      I’ve had a couple of calls from colleagues around the UW Cartography Lab to pay more attention to the east coast, so I’ll put the Delaware and Susquehanna on the list =).

      Cheers,

      Daniel

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