Who are you?

I'm an artist and writer, and I live in New York City.  I grew up in San Francisco and lived in LA for a while before I landed in New York.  Currently, I'm putting finishing touches on my acclaimed cartographic series The Lost Subways of North America, where I plot maps of the past, present and could've-been public transit of North American citiesI'm fascinated by how data visualizations - like maps - influence how we perceive the world around us.  

I also have a day job as a lawyer.

How do you make your historical maps?

I rely on a lot of archival research.  All of the maps in The Lost Subways are based on primary sources.  I've gotten some records from public records requests; others come from library research collections; a few are from the Internet Archive.  Once I have sufficient original material in hand, I research the visual language of the period I'm trying to depict.  It just doesn't feel right to use Helvetica to depict 1925 - much less 1865.

Once I have all that down, I start plotting the maps.  Initial drafts are done with pen and paper, and I do the final work in Adobe Illustrator.

What if I want to commission something from you?

I'm happy to talk about custom art or writing gigs.  Feel free to email me.

Can I reuse your designs?

All works are copyrighted by me, the artist, all rights reserved. If you’re interested in licensing my work, shoot me an email.

Why Fifty-Three?

My grandmother’s house was No. 53, and I borrowed her house number.