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New Work: A Texas Designer’s Map of the World


To illustrate his theory that a Texan’s favorite pastime is bragging, Austin resident DJ Stout has created a “Texas Designer’s Map of the World” as a part of a promotion for Sappi Fine Paper. Based on the concept of a Texas Brag Map, the poster elucidates the worldview that everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State. “It’s part of our Texas heritage and our collective sense of humor,” explains Stout. “My apologies to the other smaller, less interesting states on the map.”

The idea for the promotion, conceived of by Dana Arnett of VSA Partners, was to divide a map of the U.S. into six parts and assign each section to a graphic designer who resides within the region. When all six posters are put together, they form a giant map of the United States. “Of course I was given the Southwest,” says Stout “which includes the great state of Texas and a few other insignificant surrounding states.” Other participants include Art Chantry, Rick Valicenti, Paul Sahre, Clive Piercy and Tim Hussey. Sappi is sending the promotion to designers all over the country.

Download the map here. A few points of interest after the jump.