Anne Was Here

Redondo Beach, CA, US


Anne Bollman began her career in architecture and interiors, where she designed spaces for corporate clients such as Live Nation Entertainment, The Recording Academy and Participant Media. She went on to be a lead designer for a large gift and stationery manufacturer and had her designs sold in stores such as Barnes & Noble, Papyrus and Pier 1 Imports. With these ten years of diverse corporate experience, Anne brings an informed yet fresh perspective to product design.

In 2014 Anne started her own studio, Anne Was Here, providing illustrations for products and publications with humor and style that are meant to make you smile. Today Anne's designs can be found in retail stores worldwide on greetings, stationery, wall art, gifts, tableware, storage, bath, home decor, fabric, accessories, apparel, pet products and more. Anne is the author and illustrator of her debut picture book, Help Find Frank, which was published by Sterling Publishing in May of 2018.

Maps By Anne Was Here

Awe-mazing Venice by Anne Was Here

Redondo Beach, CA, US


Venice is the only place on Earth that brought me to tears upon seeing it for the first (and only) time. To me it is just such a unique and special place full of quirks, beauty and history. Flooding has always been a threat to this special city and coincidentally while I was illustrating this map, it was hit with the highest tide waters it's experienced in 50 years. A recent climate change study has said that if global warming is not addressed, Venice could be completely submerged by 2100. I do hope that we citizens of the Earth can work together to effect change so that this treasured city will not some day be only visible in photographs.