Nick Trotter Maps
 For this map, the challenge was to keep the overall look “illustrational,” while preserving geographic integrity. There is shaded relief to show the mountain ranges that affect wine production and give geographical context. But the relief (and the bathymetry in the ocean and sea areas) also create a sense of depth and three-dimensionality, which helps the wine countries “pop” off of the page. To give a sense of romance and history, I created a hand-lettered title and north arrow using letterforms from historical maps of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, the colors were chosen to complement the décor of the restaurant, and keep the map visible and readable in the low light of the dining room.

LeRoux

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts hired me recently to draw a map of European wine regions for the wine menu at their new Denver restaurant, LeRoux. The map features regions customized to match their wine list.

 For this map, the challenge was to keep the overall look “illustrational,” while preserving geographic integrity. There is shaded relief to show the mountain ranges that affect wine production and give geographical context. But the relief (and the bathymetry in the ocean and sea areas) also create a sense of depth and three-dimensionality, which helps the wine countries “pop” off of the page. To give a sense of romance and history, I created a hand-lettered title and north arrow using letterforms from historical maps of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, the colors were chosen to complement the décor of the restaurant, and keep the map visible and readable in the low light of the dining room.

For this map, the challenge was to keep the overall look “illustrational,” while preserving geographic integrity. There is shaded relief to show the mountain ranges that affect wine production and give geographical context. But the relief (and the bathymetry in the ocean and sea areas) also create a sense of depth and three-dimensionality, which helps the wine countries “pop” off of the page. To give a sense of romance and history, I created a hand-lettered title and north arrow using letterforms from historical maps of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, the colors were chosen to complement the décor of the restaurant, and keep the map visible and readable in the low light of the dining room.