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I started an Etsy shop called Coloring Maps. I’m selling digital downloads of street network maps that I’ve designed for coloring.

I also took photos to use as mockup templates.

I colored this one in digitally, just as an example.

This project was a good opportunity to learn: how to process and manage big OpenStreetMap datasets; how to create fun vector graphics for things like water, parks, beaches, etc; and how to create a workflow so I can churn these maps out pretty quickly. I’m trying to have it so most of the shop items are “packs” of multiple maps. I’m adding a few new packs a week.

The maps are made in QGIS (free software), using OSM data (free data). I tried other data methods (using local street network datasets), but that data was unreliable and it was a lot of work to process.

I created an instagram account for the project.

Next I may add some printable posters of cities.

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Founded 2005. Over the years I've posted writing, comics, ringtones, and stuff about maps, bikes, programming, pinball. And I had a robust music blog mostly about '90s hardcore punk (category = music).