San Francisco Playground Map

This map visualizes all of the playgrounds of San Francisco. It’s not #fictionalcartography and is in fact quite useful. I was surprised to find that no decent map of the SF playgrounds seems to exist. So here it is.

The Great Pneumatic Tube Revival [Bean Brew No.9]

Pneumatic tube systems, which propel cylindrical vessels at speeds of greater than 1,000 feet per second, are the forgotten marvel of the last century. During the heyday of pneumatic travel, it is estimated that over 50 million people per day traveled from place to place via this pollution-free technology.

San Francisco Public Library Tunnel System

This map visualizes the 27 branches of the San Francisco Public Library connected by an underground subway. Inspired by a map of the West Berlin U-Bahn subway system, I intentionally included very few details of the San Francisco geography. If this tunnel system existed, would it be better than the MUNI?

Wait, Is That a National Park?

California has many National Parks. This is good. But let's be honest, having this many National Parks can be just a little bit confusing to keep track off. I set out to design a map that shows the real National Parks. And some National Parks that might just exist, but don’t.

A City Block: Then and Now

This map details a San Francisco block in 1899 and 2019. The 1899 version of the map is heavily inspired by a Sanborn Map of my block which I located in the Library of Congress database. The 2019 version was reconstructed from open-source mapping data and lots Google Maps satellite images zoomed way in.

The California Rapid Subway System

California is OK at best when it comes to public transportation. But what if we were rockstars and decided to build a subway that connected the far flung cities and towns of the state? And what if that subway system was designed by someone who was perfectly insane? That was basically my design challenge.

Bean Brew No.3 Esthetic Survey Results [Bean Brew No. 3]

I asked the members of the Bean Brew No.3 cohort to chart their drinking experience, then captured their results with lots of graphs and impenetrable statistical analysis thrown in for good measure. The typography in the data table is intentionally out of alignment, replicating what I hoped seemed like a badly broken typewriter.

The Adventure of a Dry Hopped Saison [Bean Brew No.4]

This batch of Bean Brew began with a library card attached to the back of a bottle of beer. Once the drinking data was returned by each of the 16 Bean Brew Patrons, I designed this treasure map which shows the location where each Bean Brew was consumed. I spent an inordinately long amount of time taking a pretty ordinary modern map of San Francisco and turning it into something akin to a 17th Century treasure map.

The San Francisco Antarctic Survey [Bean Brew No.6]

This map depicts an expedition from San Francisco to Antarctica in search of reasonably-priced urban living space. Way down south in Antarctica, the expedition team is biding its time with analog hobbies and excellent beer as they wait for the completion of the MUNI subway extension line in 2038.

New California

I grew up in New Jersey. Years later, I was lucky enough to move to California. I remember walking through the streets of San Francisco shortly after my arrival and seeing a brightly painted mural that looked instantly familiar.

Take the Bus to the California Academy of Sciences

You might notice that this map looks a lot similar to the Take the Bus to the Court map. That’s because they’re cousins. After I created that tennis court map and wrote this IDEO article about the project, a woman named Esther who works for the California Academy of Sciences reached out wondering if she could design a similar map visualizing how to take the bus from various San Francisco elementary schools to the Academy of Sciences.