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John Coleman

Designer | Illustrator

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Topography & Design: Create Your Own Vector Topo Map

Designing with topographical (topo) maps has a lot of power in the design world - especially if you’re working for an outdoor, adventure, or nature-based client. With this class, you'll learn all of my topo secrets and walk away with your very own vector topo map to use for any design project you'll ever have.

My name is John Coleman, I am a designer / illustrator and not only do I love topo maps I have found they are very effective and add a really cool aesthetic to tons of design projects. However, not many people are familiar with topo maps nor do they know how to get their hands on an authentic vector version of one. In this class, I’m going to teach you what to look for on a topo map, how to design your own version, and for our class project we will translate that in to a live vector design.

Whether you are an established designer looking to add another skill to your tool belt, a designer-on-the-rise looking for an edge over the competition, or just someone who loves adventure and is looking for a fun personal project - this class is for you. 

Our class project is to design & create a vector topographical map in Adobe Illustrator.

The process to designing our own topo maps starts with identifying the best parts of a real topographical map that will inspire the design. Then, we will go to the drawing board and practice line gesture and movement and add key map elements to our design. The third and final step is to take our image to Adobe Illustrator to convert our image into vector format and chisel the design until it is finalized.

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