Aly MillerBrooklyn, NY, NY, US
I'm a Brooklyn-based illustrator, map maker and graphic designer with a passion for drawing anything food-adjacent! I started making maps in 2009 in the cartography lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as an undergraduate human geography student. I never thought my map making skills would become central to my career (but I secretly wished they could!). Now, several years of practice and Skillshare tutorials later, I am a full-time designer and frequently get to illustrate maps for food blogs, walking tour companies and small businesses.
It's great to be a part of the They Draw and Travel community, and I look forward to connecting with other map-makers and map-lovers here!
Maps By Aly Miller
Clinton Hill is a treelined Brooklyn neighborhood where artists, writers, makers, students and creatives have lived throughout history, and continue to make their marks today. Spaces for creating, thinking, and collaborating dot the map, creating an atmosphere that's ever-evolving against a backdrop of historic brick row houses and brownstones.
My map depicts the many cafes and community spaces that celebrate the arts, and even a few places that do both (like the women-run Relationships cafe and Playground Coffee Shop). There's imaginative spaces where you can sip coffee surrounded by modern art, places that imagine a more intentionally-designed food system, shops with vintage clothing and furniture, destinations for modern art and music, and even a few historic (maybe unofficial) arts landmarks. It's a special place that has fueled my creativity for years, and I hope you'll find some inspiration here, too.
I illustrated this map for TheNosher.com to accompany a detailed Food Guide to the Jewish Food of LA, which was co-produced by The Gefilteria. With this map, I wanted to illustrate the great diversity of Jewish food in LA, from Ashkenazi classics like bagels and challah, to Persian Jewish kabobs, Yemenite kubaneh bread and Israeli markets.