Cartagram literally means “map writing.” The writing is done by graphic design, colors, symbols, and labels.

Cartagram, which began in 1997, is owned and operated by Steve Gordon.

Steve received a B.S. in Geography from the University of Utah, studying cartography and traditional map production with Dr. Dennis Fitzsimons. He worked in the cartography lab on map projects using traditional camera production techniques.

After completing his degree, Gordon studied cartography with Dr. Alan A. Delucia at the University of Idaho. Using mainframes and mini-computers, he began creating computer-generated maps.

Steve’s map and graphic design interests extend to writing for books, magazines, and websites.

Steve co-author the Adobe Illustrator Wow! Book by Pearson. For companion Wow! Books for Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, he wrote gallery and step-by-step articles focusing on maps and graphics like type and webpages.

Gordon also photographs landscapes. Swing by his website stevenhgordon.com and take a look.


Our typical client is a city–-a chamber of commerce or a CVB. But we also produce maps for book and magazine publishers, attorneys, tourism bureaus, realtors, and corporations. And now, some subtle name-dropping…


Allen, TX Chamber
Arlington, VA CVB
Auburn, AL TravelHost
Bentonville, AR
Bristol, TN-VA
Clovis, NM
Durham, NC CVB
Fort Wayne, IN Citilink
Frisco, TX Chamber
Huntsville, AL
Kingsport, TN
Little Rock, AR
Plano, TX Chamber
Sacramento, CA CVB
Vestavia Hills, AL Chamber/CVB
Winter Park, FL


Alabama Tourism Department
Alitalia Airlines
Arizona Office of Tourism
Clearwater FL Film Festival
Florida Citrus Bowl
Harry Abrams Books
Heyday Books
Holt, Rinehart, Winston
Illinois Office of Tourism
National Geographic TV
Oregon State University Press
Pearson Education
Rizzoli Publications
Woodloch Resorts