Printing Pretty

In the mood to brighten up your walls this spring? These Missouri-themed prints will warm your heart and your home.

Words On The Street

Kristen Brown, owner of Hoot Design Co., has always been interested in the graphic nature of typography and using maps as art.
“I wanted to create something that was completely Columbia but without a Mizzou slant,” she says. “It really came down to a bunch of screen grabs of Google maps, then I laid type down over the streets so the map would be accurate.”

Brown worked in Adobe Illustrator and then applied texture to the print in Photoshop. The piece debuted at Artrageous Friday event in June 2010 and is currently available in four colors: blue, green, mud and watercolor. Check out Brown’s work at her new studio (107 Orr St.), at Poppy or online at

Show Me The Love

Joshua Best’s Missouri print is one of many in his 50 States Design Project, in which he combines his two favorite subjects: design and geography. “I have been to 29 states and won’t stop until I’ve seen them all,” says Best, a Canadian now living in Michigan. “I have been to Missouri two or three times; I wanted the poster to feel hospitable and warm. Missouri is not only the entry to the West and South, but it is also a good representation of the nation’s values and demographics, hence, the Heart of America.”
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City Limits

“The idea for making the map art posters came to me after I was looking around for some cheap art to hang on the walls of my house,” says Tony Frankenberg, who graduated from the University of Missouri in 2008 with a civil engineering degree. He now works as a transportation engineer in St. Louis.

Frankenberg’s digital prints are made by superimposing a graphic of every city street over a silhouette of the city limits. His work, which uses environmentally conscious paper from the French Paper Co., can be purchased at


Make your own CoMo-themed décor by framing local maps. This is an easy, inexpensive project — you can pick up a 2012 Columbia street map at most gas stations or at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you’d prefer a more vintage look, poke around online or at a library or historical society.