Hello everyone, I’m Jay. I’m a long time graphic artist with a passion for unique projects and have always loved maps. YOU CAN PICK FROM THE LIST OF CITIES OR ASK ME TO MAKE ONE OF YOUR HOMETOWN!!!
Thanks for Pa UI in writing about these maps on his blog. Read it here.
"Some pretty neon maps. It's great to see how much a city's character you can get from just the roads." - Jonathan Roberts, Owner of Fantasticmaps
I love the satellite images of Earth at night, with the glow of city lights showing streets of major urban areas. Then one day on my way to work in the city, I saw a neon sign on a window and thought, “What if I designed my maps that way?” Here you have it: Neon Maps. A more colorful, lively style of maps for the modern world. NOTE: Maps are only prints and do not illuminate.
Many more soon to come.....
I would love to kickstart this project and see where this idea goes. In during so, I need your help! With the cost of all the prints, advertising, paper, shipping materials and creating a new website for Neon Maps.
The list of prints:
- Salt Lake City
- Las Vegas
- Santa Barbara
- San Diego
- Hong Kong
- (Or 'You Name the city', i’ll make it for you - See Pledges)
The maps will be printed with the best inks and paper in the business. The prints will be good for framing also to hang anywhere. They well be printed with a semi-gloss finish.
Colors and style
Each city will have the neon glow effect by it's major streets, along with the freeways in pink. The different colors in each city will be bordered by city boundaries and have their color palette of it's own landscape and theme. (e.g. Phoenix with southwestern colors, Las Vegas with casino colors) etc.
Glow in the dark specials
I'll also be applying glow in the dark fabric paint on a few of the posters. This should add a classic greenish-white glow-in-the-dark effect to the posters. (Please note: Will show more glow with UV light or a placed black light near by)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for me is the schedule. It's going to be very busy with the holiday season and all the maps I hope to build for the ones who pledge custom cities by demand. I've researching good printers in my area in hopes of getting the best deals and quality for poster prints.
Another challenged for me is creating the website, which i'll spend money for the hosting and theme template. The website will be another risk in it-self, since it will be able to give updates on new maps, an ordering system for on-line customers and even info pages linked from the maps by means of QR codes!
- (40 days)