Hi, I'm Phil with Cape Horn Illustration. I'm an illustrator based in Chicago with a passion for architecture and bird's eye view maps. I put it all together here by creating two distinct, illustrated bird's eye view maps that celebrate Chicago's beautiful lakefront.
There are two maps. Both of these are finished (!) and just need to be sent to print. Here are the details of each:
- The Eastward Lakefront Map, which faces Lake Michigan and focuses on the lakefront's sites, such as the various beaches, landmarks, and lakefront trail. I had always thought it would be great to make a map that illustrated the 20+ miles of the city's lakefront, and this is the outcome of that effort.
- The Westward Lakefront Map. This one faces the city and focuses on the city skyline and parks along the water's edge. I had spent a year creating a black and white version a few years back ("Lakefront Currents"), and this will improve on that, as a brand new, full-color print edition.
Again: Both of these are finished and print-ready!
The Process & Printing
The process that will be used is offset lithography. This process, invented in the late 1800's, led to a huge surge in the production and availability of large-format prints, including bird's eye view maps of American cities and towns.
The printer I will use, Chicago Press Corporation, is an institution in Chicago printing. It was founded in 1927 and has stayed under ownership of the same family. In my experience working with them, they have an unparalleled attention to detail and quality.
These prints will be made on Mohawk Via - 65# Natural Linen Via Cover. This is a beautiful linen paper, a slight off-white, which shows the texture of fine threads. Here's a closeup of the paper:
Putting it all together
When the Kickstarter is finished, I'll send this to print and work with Chicago Press Corp to make sure the end-product looks fantastic. I'll ship the prints in sleeves and placed in a hard, cardboard mailing tube. It's something I've done many times before.
Thank you for supporting the project!
Risks and challenges
The project is low risk. The image files are ready to be sent to the printer!
As for shipping, I have five plus years' experience preparing and shipping prints out to customers and I believe my reviews on my site speak to the satisfaction in delivery times and quality: https://www.capehorn-illustration.com/pages/reviews-for-cape-horn-illustrationLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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