Point of Origin
Unless you’re from the Pacific Northwest, you might not have ever heard of Everett. Its claim to fame is that it is the home of The Boeing Company. But I find it’s still easier to say it’s about 30 minutes north of Seattle. In any case, Everett is where I’m from and it holds a lot of good memories for me. My parents still live in the same house that I grew up in. And today, my wife and I are raising our daughter just one neighborhood over.
Nostalgia Made Tangible
A few years ago I started making maps (like the one above). I can’t put my finger on exactly what draws me to them, but I really like maps. I think it has something to do with the idea of being from a place. Or maybe it has to do with the feeling you get when you think about a place you love. The thing about places is that they usually have far more to do with nostalgia than geography. For example—I love Palm Springs, California but it has nothing to do with the desert. I love it because my wife’s family has a place there and over the years it’s become like a second home.
It’s hard to encapsulate a beloved place in a single image, but I think a map does a pretty decent job.