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Inspiring Illustrator – Michael Hill

March 30, 2011

ABOUT MICHAEL HILL: Michael has been a professional Illustrator for 17 years. He originally studied at Bristol (UK), completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design in 1984. He then moved to Brighton (UK), to study Fine Art Printmaking. After completing the course, and a short spell designing at Brighton Museum he began illustrating.

He has continued to work full-time since, occasionally taking on posts as visiting and part-time lecturer at colleges in southern England. From 1991-93 Michael completed a Masters Degree at the University of Brighton developing interests in maps, animation and sequence. These areas Michael exploits to the full with his beautifully illustrated maps and his informative step-by-step illustrations. [info found here]

Visit Michael’s website here and his blog here. Lucky Magazine has featured some of Michael’s work, most recently a map of Las Vegas, read all about it in his latest blog post.

Michael has a wide range of beautiful illustrations, but I find his maps to be most inspiring. I’ve posted several below [anyone surprised I chose Italy and Barcelona?!?]:


Client: Chic Shopping Outlets Art Director: Sally Beames Description: One of a set of maps showing locations of shopping Centres close to major cities


Client: Chic Shopping Outlets Art Director: Sally Beames Description: Map showing location of shopping centre close to Barcelona



Client: Homes and Gardens Art Director: Jude Curle Description: shopping map of paris with details


Client: Via Magazine Art Director: Amy Shroads Description: Tourist map of Vancouver for Via the AAA magazine


Client: Pitkin Publishing Art Director: Gill Knappert Description: One of a series of 15 walking maps of London to be published in several languages

Check out February’s Inspiring Illustrator Lilli Carré here. P.S. Thanks Meg!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2011 9:11 am

    These are so much fun, thanks for sharing!

  2. Michael Hill permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:29 am

    Hi Kate, Thanks for featuring my work on your blog. I am happy to talk to anyone who wants to know more about my work.

    • April 6, 2011 9:43 pm

      Hi Michael. You’re very welcome. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions then?


  3. michael Hill permalink
    April 7, 2011 3:39 am

    Hi Kate
    Yes I am happy to answer some questions about myself and my work.Ask away!

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