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New Vintage Map: 1931 Birds-Eye View of Berlin, Germany


After much work, I’ve finally finished digitally restoring another vintage rail transit map, this time a superb birds-eye pictorial map of Berlin, Germany in 1931. It’s full of awesome details (as you’ll see in some close up images below) and clearly shows the major railroads circling the city as red and white dashed lines, complete with little station sheds and labels for the major bahnhofs.

Prints for sale from $28 Zoomable Preview of Map

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Zoomable On-line Previews of my Transit Maps

To say I’m excited about this is an understatement. Thanks to Stuart MacMillan — who very kindly spent the time to show me exactly how this all works — I’ve now implemented awesome zoomable, scrollable versions of many of my transit map designs here on the site. Serving large images on the web has always been problematic (especially when there’s more pixels in the image than can fit on the screen at one time!), and this seems to be the most elegant solution that I’ve seen so far.

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Project: 1926 Map of U.S. Highways, Digital Restoration


A recent article on CityLabs commemorated November 11, 1926 – the day when all the old national road trails were first renumbered as the U.S. National Highways System that survives pretty much intact to this day. The article also featured this great map that was produced at the time, and a link to a very high-resolution scan of it over on the Wikimedia Commons.

Being a subject close to my heart (as this highway system is the basis of not one, but two of my “subway map” projects), I downloaded the map and began perusing it eagerly; seeing where the system had changed and where it remained the same. As I looked, I began to see that while the quality of the scan was good, and the content of the map was fascinating, the map itself was in a pretty sorry state. Basically, it looks like you’d expect an 88-year old map to look — dirty spots, fold and crease marks, ink that had rubbed off on other parts of the map when the map had been folded, and so on.

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Weet-Bix Collector Card Album

Client: Sanitarium Health Foods, Australia
Type of Work: Promotional collector’s card album
Software: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop

To house the Weet-Bix cricket cards seen here, I also designed and produced this lavish 32-page collector’s album. Filled with beautiful photographs of cricketing memorabilia commissioned specially for the project, the design had to showcase the cards and the photography. To this end, I devised a clever set of perforations and die cuts that allowed the cards to be mounted in the book so that both sides of each card could be viewed. The book also incorporated a spot varnish on the cover.

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Weet-Bix Cricket Cards

Client: Sanitarium Health Foods, Australia
Type of Work: Promotional cricket trading cards
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Sanitarium Weet-Bix are Australia’s most popular breakfast cereal, and they have a long history of including collectible trading cards in their cereal boxes. Designed for the 2002–2003 cricket season, this set of cards drew on the rich heritage of Australian cricket—the legends of yesteryear, the heroes of the current day and the up-and-coming future stars—and was Sanitarium’s most ambitious project of this type to date.

I designed all 30 of the double-sided cards (60 players in total, with four different designs reflecting the different “eras”), including selecting the images from the Getty Images stock library, deep-etching all the photographs to fit the design and colour correction where required. I also collated and double-checked all the statistics shown on the cards and attended press-checks for the printing.

See also the collector’s album that I designed for housing these cards.

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Braidwood Ales Beer Labels

Braidwood Traditional Ales: bottles

Client: Braidwood Traditional Ales
Type of Work: Beer bottle labels
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Braidwood is a small historic town about 50 miles from Canberra, Australia. The client – a newly-founded micro-brewery and cafe – was looking to capture the heritage and tradition of the area in their new beer labels. An illustration by a local artist of a shearer relaxing with a cold beer and his dog served as the focal point of the design, while I devised distinctive color schemes for each variety of beer. Once the labels were approved, I  adapted the artwork for use on tap handles and as brewery signage.