I was asked by the Chamber of Commerce, to create a “Cartoon” map of the downtown area of Ballinger for visitors. I really like the designs that Fun Maps USA creates, so I took their style and adapted it to the City of Ballinger. I already had the layout of the streets and lots created in Autocad, so I decided to create the buildings. Once I had the lines created, erased the ones that were in the way, and checked it a dozen times or so, I moved the file to Illustrator, and traced it to remove some pixelation. I then used Paint Shop Pro, (only program I had at work), to add the colors, signs, text, and any other touch ups. All this was done while virtually “driving” down the street in Google Earth. I added the map to the city’s website and the Chamber is currently distributing it in the city attractions brochure. Here is the finished product:
I was given the opportunity to design some posters for a fundraiser being hosted by the City of Ballinger. Originally, they wanted a simple design with a white background, but I made a couple others to see if they would like something a little more flashy. They ended up choosing the “Wanted” poster style. Here are each of the designs.