What makes San Francisco San Francisco

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I love quirky hand drawn maps and I’m a big fan of London-based illustrator and cartographer Jenni Sparks, whose funky maps capture the spirit of great cities. Sparks has created a dizzyingly detailed map of San Francisco that’s just jam-packed with recognizable, well known landmarks and insider reference that will challenge the viewer to learn more about the city.

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Sparks’ process involves immersion in a city—taking photos, sketching, interviewing residents and watching films and documentaries about the place. Then she hides out in her studio for months creating her fantastic maps with clever typography and a cartoony aesthetic.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, click here, and if you’d like a print of her San Francisco map click here.

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