Jimmy Gleeson is a Melbourne-based freelance Art Director & Designer.

His previous experience includes seven years in fashion and lifestyle industry working across international projects including brand creation, photo shoots, advertising campaigns, retail store and event design.

Jimmy now runs his own studio out of Fitzroy working with a variety of brands both big and small including Adidas, Rip Curl, Melbourne Victory, Country Road, Rusty and the The Australian Govt. Jimmy is also the Creative Director behind Australian carry brand, Bellroy.

Jimmy Gleeson was commissioned by a homewares studio in Melbourne to illustrate a souvenir depiction of 'Australia'. Follow Jimmy has he creates a map from concepts and sketches through the finished piece in in Photoshop and Illustrator. The approaches he uses could be applied to any type of vector map from a theme park to a full country, like Jimmy has here.

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"Having had my head in an atlas before I could read, it's fair to say I've always had a slight addiction to maps, particularly those with a figurative aspect," says Jimmy. "For this project however, I wanted to elevate the idea of an Australian souvenir range away from your traditional daggy corked hats and boxing kangaroos. 

"I wanted the final map to act as a piece of communication that helps inform people on the diversity behind Australia, not just as eye candy. From mountains to cities, rainforest to deserts, the final design is hopefully something that inspires a visit to some of Australia's lesser known outback gems."

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