Client Work

I spent two years employed at the UW Cartography Lab, and I’ve also taken a few freelance projects on the side.

Deaths in the Grand Canyon

Deaths in the Grand Canyon

This is slightly modified version of a work I did for Backpacker Magazine’s May 2010 issue. I got to work with Antenna, their preferred typeface, which is a lovely sans-serif that I hope to employ again someday.
I masked out the terrain relief for areas outside of the Canyon — it seemed too distracting to leave it in, and the areas that remain seem that much more menacing, to me.



Death in the Grand Canyon, Detail

Death in the Grand Canyon, Detail

The symbols convey the cause of death in two ways: the color, and the location of the notch. The latter is there as a backup method for those who have color vision impairments. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 5% of the American population, so we’re talking millions of people. I’ve never quite understood why so many designers ignore them, or how they get away with it.


Italian Wine Tasting

Italian Wine Tasting

This was put together for a wine tasting. There’s no neatline — I’ve lately abandoned them in favor of going full bleed on the page or just fading the map out.

Spanish-Speaking English Learners in Madison

Spanish-Speaking English Learners in Madison

For a client’s dissertation. After reviewing the client’s data, I decided it might be interesting to experiment with coxcombs, my awareness of which I owe to Zach Johnson.


The Atlantic Travels of Domingos Alvares, 1730-1749

The Atlantic Travels of Domingos Alvares, 1730-1749

A simple flow map to highlight the travels of a historical personage. For an article that appeared in American Historical Review in 2009, by James Sweet.


18th Century Upstate New York

18th Century Upstate New York

For a client project on the history of an 18th century settlement of refugees from the French Revolution.