Andrew Martis is a designer, illustrator and letterer based in Brooklyn, NY. He takes pride in making things by hand and in the aged aesthetic of work that stands the test of time. Andrew's idea for the Neighborhood Leaf Map originally stemmed from trying to map out all of the green spaces in individual cities. While working on a small portion of Brooklyn he and some fellow designers noticed that the plots all connected like veins of a leaf. He decided to branch out and do the entire city, this time with the various neighborhoods and connect them all. Fortunately, the organic shapes of each city lend themselves nicely to appearing as leaves with a little added roughening. What we ultimately wanted to communicate was that each of these cities have beautiful green qualities to them and are filled with great parks and natural spaces for their communities to enjoy. Andrew is compelled to make work that communicates and old idea in a clever and fun new way. He wanted to make a map that doesn't necessarily function the way a traditional map would but is something beautiful people can use as a tool for learning local geography and connect to your neighborhood. When Andrew is not knee-deep in design work you can find him riding his bike in search of his next cup of coffee or slice of pizza.