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.

Steven Gordon professional photo.

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


Our usual clients include cities, chambers of commerce, and CVBs. Additionally, we create maps for book and magazine publishers, lawyers, tourism offices, real estate agents, and various corporations. Our clients include:


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
Community Matters, Inc.
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