These maps were done in two different years to feature an event that would take place in New York, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. These were both done in Corel (Fractal) Painter with a line art layer above a watercolor and color pencil art layer.
This aerial perspective map of Charleston, S.C. was done for educational textbook use. It demonstrates how the town looked and developed earlier in its history. The art was done in Corel (Fractal) Painter software, with a line art layer, and a watercolor art layer below, as shown below.
This was part of a commissioned project to feature an updated design for the Citibank branch location in Oakbrook, Illinois. The site plan map below was developed from architectural blueprints and transferred to watercolor illustration board. The final art was hand inked using sepia ink in Rapidograph pens, then completed with Windsor & Newton watercolor […]
This cover illustration was done for map publisher, Rand McNally when maps were still done the old fashioned way and printed. The cover features the Chicago area with the downtown area distorted, and area major highways and counties labelled. The finished printed book product was about an inch thick and approximately 8″ x 10″ in […]
Randal Birkey recently recieved news from design firm Corey McPherson Nash, that the “Cushing Academy Admissions Viewbook” has been selected by the CASE District I as an award winner in the 2011 District I Communication Awards. Visit www.casei.org/commawardswinners11.html to see the complete list of this year’s winners as selected by the CASE District I Communication Awards Committee. Here […]
Cushing Academy is a private coeducational secondary school founded in 1865, and located in Ashburnham, MA. They have partnered with a design firm called Corey, McPherson, Nash to redesign their viewbook. Through a web based search, CMN contacted Randal Birkey Illustration and contracted for a new Campus Map to be produced both for the school viewbook […]
Randal was contacted through his new web design firm by Shands Healthcare in Gainsville, Florida. This organization is affiliated with the University of Florida, and located near its medical research facility. Shands has recently completed the construction of a new cancer hospital and needed to add some new floor plans and campus map illustrations to […]
The Home Depot Foundation has completed the updated Sustainable Cities Institute website which I wrote about in a previous post, and can now be found online here. Randal Birkey created the base map illustration that the interactive Flash application is structured around. Randal also created the site plan for the City Hall section of the application. […]
This is a detail section of a San Francisco Street Map that Randal Birkey produced for Rand McNally/Hallwag in 1989 as part of their CityFlash Map product line. This was the first Rand McNally map product produced on desktop computers. Randal and his team used Apple Macintosh FX, CX and CI computers running Adobe Illustrator […]
This Street Map of Chicago was produced by Randal Birkey and his team as a part of an entire new map product line for Rand McNally in 1989. This was the first product line offered by a partnership of Rand McNally and Hallwag, called CityFlash Maps, produced completely digitally on desktop computers comprised of Apple […]
Randal Birkey created this Boston Vicinity Map as a part of an entire new map product line for Rand McNally in 1989. This product series called CityFlash Maps was the first product line offered by Rand McNally and European partner Hallwag, produced completely digitally on desktop computers. Randal and his team used Apple Macintosh FX […]
Randal created this illustration for VSA Partners, to appear in an annual report for their client, the Michigan Avenue National Bank, located in Chicago, Illinois. It must have been sometime in the 1980’s. The original art was pen and ink line work, with watercolor and color pencil washes on illustration board.
Randal Birkey was commissioned to produce a series of architectural illustrations of the renovation project of “Symphony Center,” the home of the world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra Hall, as it is also known, was undergoing an extensive renovation, as well as being connected to another building around the corner from Michigan Avenue. Together, this […]
The Arlington Park Racetrack experienced a major fire in 1985 that destroyed most of the main grandstand and clubhouse building. A new building was designed and constructed in 1989, and the ad agency was hired to produce new map and floor plan handouts for racetrack patrons to use in navigating the campus. Randal Birkey was […]
An educational textbook publisher contracted Randal for an aerial perspective map of a typical mill town for use in a textbook. Randal made up the view based upon elements required by the publisher in order to visually illustrate the textbook lesson. Randal used Fractal Painter software on a Macintosh computer using a Wacom tablet to […]
Randal Birkey created this aerial perspective of the archaelogical site at Jamestowne, Virginia, located in the Colonial Historic National Park. The image was used in a textbook for children studying this first English settlement in the New World. Read more about it here: Historic Jamestowne View Larger Map
On the Sustainable City project mentioned below, a close up floor plan of City Hall was required to illustrate how a municipality need to allocate political resources and energy toward building a more sustainable community. Randal did a floor plan of a typical City hall building to illustrate the office space dedicated to a city […]
Through a web search, Randal was contacted by Idea Engineering out in Santa Barbara, California about doing a map for their client, the Home Depot Foundation. Through email communication, a project scope, fee and timeline was established. The objective of the project was to create a generic city map that could be used on a […]
Kodak was a sponsor of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. They wanted to give visitors a handy map of places to visit in the Atlanta area. Randal created this forced aerial perspective map to highlight a number of sites and locations.
Randal Birkey was contracted by the Memphis Arts Council in the 1980’s to create a fun map for use in a promotional poster. The map was intended to highlight a number of locations in the city where arts related activities and events were being promoted. Randal worked from maps, drawings and aerial photo references of […]
Randal did many illustrations using a “stipple” ink line style in the early 1980’s before the Macintosh computer came along and changed the way business and print communications were done… the so-called “desktop publishing” revolution. This is an example of a real estate development site plan done by hand in stipple style, primarily because the […]
In the 1980’s Randal shared office space with an architectural and planning firm called Boyer, Hoppe & Associates. This firm had a client comprised of the major tenants along Wacker Drive, one of Chicago’s more famous business streets, as it follows the east and south side of the Chicago River. Along Wacker Drive are buildings […]
Randal did his first map for Wheaton College through Rich Nickel Design in the early 1980’s. Also contributing to the project as a writer was Amy Wolgemuth. This original art was done by hand at 20 x 30 inches in size on hot press illustration board. The line art was done with very thin Rapidograph […]
Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, has recruited Randal on several occasions to create or update various campus maps. This is an example of a mechanical or vector line art version created in Adobe Illustrator. This style of map is very easy to update and make changes to because of the vector nature of Postscript, the […]
Randal Birkey was contacted by the world famous John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium in 1991, to illustrate their new campus map, and new facility floor plan based upon the major building expansion project they were completing. Based upon architecural and engineering blueprints, Randal constructed a new campus master floor plan in Adobe Illustrator, reflecting […]
Randal Birkey was contacted by the world famous John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium in 1991, to illustrate their new campus map, and new facility floor plan based upon the major building expansion project they were completing. Based upon architectural and engineering blueprints, Randal constructed a new campus master plan in Adobe Illustrator, reflecting the […]
This preliminary city map was illustrated in Adobe Illustrator by Randal Birkey and intended for use to sell advertising to the businesses in that city. It featured all the major casinos, and shopping spots as a means to attract additional businesses to advertise on the map. Each new business would have their building and location […]
Randal was commissioned by The George School in Newtown, PA. to illustrate their campus map for print and display use. Randal worked with sepia ink to layout the line art on watercolor board, then added watercolor washes, and color pencil for texturing.
Randal Birkey was commissioned by Chicago commercial real estate development firm LaSalle Partners to prepare a site plan of a new development in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This color study was done on neutral gray illustration board using color pencils.
During the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, Randal Birkey created hundreds of maps, site plans, master plans and architectural renderings of real estate development projects by The Alter Group. The Alter Group has been a real estate developer in the Chicago area for over 50 years, responsible for many of the most prestigious business […]
The Gift Fair is a yearly trade event at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia featuring specialty gifts and wares from around the world. The convention promoters required a map for show attenders to help orient them to the area, in a user-friendly aerial perspective view. Randal Birkey was commissioned to produce this digital watercolor aerial […]
The ad agency for a Maryland based real estate developer contacted Randal Birkey as the result of a web search. The agency required a map of the downtown area of Bethesda, Maryland, on which to locate many area amenities for a print brochure on a proposed new high-rise condominium project. Randal created this digital watercolor […]
Ameritech Mobile and Ameritech Paging were major wireless carriers headquartered in Chicago during the 1980’s as the cellular-mobile-paging market was in its infancy. These firms were an outgrowth and result of the old Bell Telco system before deregulation. Randal did a lot of illustration work for Ameritech Mobile and Ameritech Paging during the 1980’s and […]
Randal did this aerial perspective of a mission for an educational textbook through Design Associates for Scot Foresman, the publisher. The idea was to illustrate a typical mission as it was usually organized and built. The book designers added labels and captions to the illustration and students would learn where the mill was, the well, […]
Office Building Location Map Randal has created many location maps for use on client websites, or in corporate communication pieces and presentations. This is a sample of a street map of downtown Chicago highlighting the address, style and location of an office building at 333 W. Wacker Dr. It also happens to be the location […]
Aerial Map Illustration Based upon a web search and other aerial map samples posted online, Belhaven College contacted Randal Birkey to create a custom map featuring their various campus locations in: Memphis, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, Houston, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi. To help give the map a sense of orientation and scale, stylized skylines of Seattle, […]
Randal created the first aerial perspective campus map for Emmanuel College, located in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2006. The first version is posted here as it appeared in the 1996 Viewbook on pages 58-59: One nice thing about digital line and watercolor illustration produced this way, is that later changes and updates can be much more […]
A Chicago design firm was designing a printed marketing piece for a large commercial development along the I-88 expressway corridor, west of Chicago, near the Morton Arboretum. The marketing piece was to be used by the real estate brokers to attract large corporate clients to locate in the new “Corporetum” development as anchor tenants. Randal […]
Randal Birkey was contracted to produce a line and watercolor map of the Atlanta, Georgia area, showing the location of a new proposed real estate development.
CLIENT Demi & Cooper Advertising Elgin, Illinois OBJECTIVE A real estate developer required a large Chicago area street map for a display wall in their downtown Chicago sales office. Their advertising agency contacted Randal Birkey requiring a Chicago street base map with approximately 300 specific locations to be added. SOLUTION Randal Birkey modified an existing […]
OBJECTIVE A design firm required a visually interesting area map to use in a print piece highlighting the amenities and features of The News Building, located in New York City, for a real estate client. SOLUTION Randal Birkey produced an isometric base map of the streets surrounding the building location. The featured building and another […]
OBJECTIVE Chicago Magazine (Chicago, Illinois), the premiere local magazine for the Chicago area, required 2 street maps in which to locate a number of points of interest and amenities targeted at visitors to the City of Chicago. SOLUTION Randal Birkey of BIRKEY.COM created a detailed street map from Lake Michigan to Damen Ave. and from […]
OBJECTIVE To create a number of Chicago area base maps in Adobe Illustrator (Postscript – vector) format, to enable a wide range of customization and personalization by RANDAL BIRKEY.COM clients. SOLUTION Randal Birkey has created a number of such base maps that can be customized in the following ways: Cropped to various boundaries and sizes […]
OBJECTIVE A leading US condominium developer, American Invsco, required a marketing map and new condo building illustration of a new development in Chicago called Delaware Place. SOLUTION Randal Birkey created a street level detail map of the neighborhood around the development, highlighting amenities and proximity to shopping, recreation and transportation. Randal also created a street […]
The team at Headstand Media produced a US Swine Flu Map Animation which is now online at http://www.swine-flu-map-animation.com This tool can be used on a daily basis to track the spread of the disease over time from state to state in a visual and animated manner. It communicates much more information than a static map […]
Randal Birkey created this site plan of what eventually became an insurance office campus in the northern suburbs of Chicago in the 1980’s. The developer was Homart, and the project called Riverwoods. The original art was done with pen and ink line work, and color pencil and watercolor washes on illustration board. The illustration was […]
OBJECTIVE As the recognized premier global map company, Rand McNally was exploring the possible transition from traditional cartography techniques to digital map production in the late 1980’s. A new product line called “CityFlash” maps were to be their first test map products (in partnership with Hallwag in Germany) produced entirely on standard desktop computers using […]
This site plan map was done for Lipman-Hearne, a Chicago design firm that was designing print materials for a residential development for Pacific-Sakata, in the 1980’s. The development was called Falling Water, similar to the name of a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house in Pennsylvania. The design firm entered the printed piece in a design […]
I’ve done so many map illustrations in my career, I’ve lost count. Many of them are of the Chicago area. The one on the left I did in 1995 of the Chicago area, featuring all the main Interstate highways, Lake Michigan, the outline of Chicago and border counties. It was done in color pencil, probably […]