Blog

Blog

Recent posts, including cartography tutorials, map & dataviz projects, and cartography and climbing life.

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Fonts & Typeface Design

Fonts & Typeface Design

Download fonts and design elements created for cartography and graphic design. (Coming soon!)

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is big part of my life currently. When time permits, I like to write about lessons it offers me. (Coming soon!)

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It’s May 2021, and after an interesting year, I’ve returned to this site to give it a little more purpose. Check out my recent post, and stay tuned for some new updates, including a new upcoming font!

Recent Posts

  • A Glimpse of the USPS Landscape with Maps
    By the time I publish this, I will have just finished presenting at the 40th annual North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) conference. NACIS is a large community of map enthusiasts who meet once a year to share and learn about cartography projects. This year’s conference is being held virtually due to the current pandemic crisis.
  • The Font is Ready! BellTopo Sans Fonts Design Complete
    About the BellTopo Sans Font I designed the BellTopo Sans font, originally inspired by the typefaces on the antique U.S.G.S. maps of the late 1800s and early 1900s. To read more about the inspiration for BellTopo Sans, read the first post I wrote about it when the font was in beta. The font has undergone
  • Typography for Topography: BellTopo Sans Typeface & Free Font
    In 2018, I made a few maps that were inspired by the design of the earliest USGS Topos. I had a lot of fun doing it too. I tried to pick areas with large bodies of water, since the concentric shorelines that were popular in maps from the 1800s & early 1900s are super enjoyable
  • Video is up! Colored Pencil Hillshade
    The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) holds a marvelous annual conference, and this year’s was in Tacoma, Washington just 90 minutes down the road from my house. I gave a talk on the techniques I use to draw mountain topography with colored pencils. The first few minutes give a little background of my PNW
  • Adobe MAX 2019: Mapping
    By the time you are reading this, my colleague John Nelson and I will have presented to a bunch of fantastic creatives at Adobe MAX 2019 about making maps as designers. Designers make gorgeous maps, because oftentimes they don’t confine themselves to super strict ideas of what a map should look like. Plus, well… they’re