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 cities. I'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?