I’ve had a few queries about this lately, so hopefully this clears things up. While I gladly ship posters to pretty much anywhere in the world, there’s no doubt that it’s very expensive for me to do so, which probably deters a lot of overseas people from purchasing from me.
If you live in Europe, there may be a more cost-effective solution for you. Just as I make some prints available in the US through Society6, I also have some available on the German print-on-demand site, Artflakes. Because they’re based in Europe, shipping costs are substantially lower than I can offer (although their cost per print is higher). At the moment, I have prints for sale on Artflakes for my:
I’ve also updated the relevant product pages in my shop to make this clearer for people in Europe as they browse. If there’s enough interest from Europe in these prints, I’ll look at adding other maps as well in the future.
I’m Cameron and this is the Transit Maps blog, showcasing maps from around the world that help us get from Point A to Point B. From the past, present and future, real or imagined, they’re all here.
With over 1,000 blog entries, it can be a little daunting to find what you want, so I suggest that you visit the Tags page. I try to tag every post as meticulously as possible, so using them is the smart way to find something interesting. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, just randomise!
I also keep an FAQ about the site and questions that I get asked frequently. If you’re interested in making transit maps, then my tutorial tag is a great place to start. You can also ask me transit map-related questions here, or submit maps or links for my review/consideration here.
Transit maps that I have personally created – including my acclaimed “Highways of the USA” series – can be found on my personal design blog.
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How do you use Adobe Illustrator to design these transit maps?! It looks pretty cool and I want to learn how to!
It is cool! (At least, I think it is!)
I wrote a general article about making transit maps on my own design blog back in 2011, and I also offer a lot of tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years here on the blog. The rest is just trial and error, ha!
And the obligatory reminder to check out the FAQ for answers to this question and more!
Hi Cameron! I just wanted to thank you for your review of my map for the New Mexico Park and Ride system (July 2014, 3 stars). I thought I should let you know that I have contacted Park and Ride and they are considering adopting my map in place of their regular one. (I made the edits you suggested and also produced a miniature version that will more easily fit into their timetable.) I’ll let you know if they end up adopting the map.
One other thing that might interest you: I make all my maps in OmniGraffle, which is available for both Mac and iPad (but not for Windows or Linux machines). I wasn’t sure if you were aware of OmniGraffle’s potential for designing transit maps, but it is remarkably effective (I designed the Park and Ride map in about two hours). I never understood Illustrator or Inkscape; OmniGraffle is much more user-friendly. If you’re interested, I’d suggest checking it out.
Transit Maps says:
That’s very interesting news, Isaac! Hopefully they can see the value in a good system map and not only adopt it, but also pay you an amount that reflects that value for your work.
I’m aware of OmniGraffle, but I would have a couple of qualms about using it for professional map-making work.
Firstly, it’s not industry-standard software, which limits the ability to share work with other designers who don’t have the application, and it also prevents you from learning the Adobe Illustrator techniques and skills that would be required in a real-world job.
Secondly, I’m not sure of its ability to create proper four-colour process (CMYK) or spot-colour output files, which would be an absolute deal-breaker in a print production environment. Later conversion from RGB to CMYK could cause unwanted and unexpected colour shifts, especially with blacks and RGB colours that are brighter than can be printed in the limited CMYK gamut (greens and blues are especially susceptible to this). To be fair, I’ve seen conflicting reports on whether or not OmniGraffle can export a CMYK output file, so it may be capable of this.
In short, if you’d like to experiment with transit mapping for fun or as a hobby, then OmniGraffle looks like a cheap, easy to use solution. Isaac has certainly proved that quality work can be created in it. However, if you’re looking for a career in mapping, then there’s no way around it: learn Adobe Illustrator and learn it well.
Thanks also to “Bklynfatpants”, who left a comment on the site noting that it wasn’t necessarily fair to compare Isaac’s complete map with the tiny schematic that Park and Ride uses in their schedule. Park and Ride does have a complete system map, viewable here (PDF). It’s a geographical map, exported directly from GIS software. It’s still pretty bad, although admittedly much better than the itty-bitty schematic.