What is your map?
A map of Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood. Created in Spring of 2023 as a collaboration with City Bird and Midtown, Inc.
How did you come to make this map? What’s the story?
Andy Linn, from City Bird, approached me about creating a map with the help of Midtown, Inc. that would highlight just how walkable Detroit’s Cass Corridor is. We all wanted this map to highlight all the great small businesses that make this neighborhood so special and accessible.
What are you most proud of in the map? What stood out to you? What details do you enjoy about the map?
I’m most proud of how much we worked into the map! Creating maps is a very difficult task so I was glad we were able to include all the locations we wanted while still having there be some design flair. My favorite part was creating the little people. I thought of all the interesting and inspiring people I know and see daily around here and used them as inspiration on the map. I love the little local easter eggs hidden throughout the map as well, if you know you know.
What in your background has drawn you to maps?
I’m an illustrator and have been creating maps for a long time. I love the storytelling aspect of them. These maps aren’t meant to be 100% functional. They are meant to tell a story and give you a sense of an area. You can learn so much about a neighborhood by just taking a quick glance at an illustrated map. Everyone has access to a smartphone nowadays so no one “needs” this map but it’s the storytelling component that makes it an important piece.