When I was in Washington D.C. in June, I spent a lot of time looking at maps. I was always trying to find where I was or how far a restaurant or museum was from the hotel. As I spent so much time looking at a map, I noticed how lovely the grid was and the visual interest that was created when streets took an unexpected turn or a landmark fell out of the prescribed "grid". D.C. is especially full of circles and diagonal streets, which made the map that much more lovely.
During the 29 Days of Free Art project that I did last month, I created a graphic map of downtown Salt Lake City. I liked the meditative process of drawing the grid and then the painstaking process of making sure each street was where it should be. "That's State Street. No, that's Main. No, no, I was right, it's State." These are a few of the reasons that I have decided to make maps for this months collection, but I also have a few questions to that I want to answer.
It should be a great month and I can't wait to create maps for some fun locations!