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Nat Case

Nat Case - Designer

Minneapolis, MN USA

I'm a cartographer (map designer), book designer, and print production manager with over 25 years experience, specializing in non-fiction.

Overview

Cartography and information graphics, mostly for non-fiction but I love the challenge of making fictional places look "authentic." Map, photo and illustration research, editing, and cleanup. Art direction, book layout and design including cover design and layout of plain text and coffee table books. Print management including print and ebook production. Pen and ink illustration.

Clients have included university presses and trade publishers; individual scholars and writers; and non-profits and companies large and small. I spent 22 years as head of production (head cartographer) for Hedberg Maps, Inc., a map publishing company, with more than 1000 projects under my belt there.

I especially love graphically challenging puzzles and helping clients clarify and resolve them, and getting to sink my teeth into graphic research on a topic I haven't tackled before. I have a particular affinity for imitating late 19th and early 20th century map styles, but most of my work is in a contemporary style, and I can work with clients on other historical styles (I am often frustrated by anachronistic use of historical styles: they didn't have copperplate engraving in the Viking era, people!)

I largely work in Adobe Illustrator, using QGIS and MaPublisher to edit and process geodata. I use Adobe InDesign for layout. Deliverables can be in PDF, EPS, AI, or a variety of other formats—I have a client I design artwork in CAD to be cut out of big sheets of steel, and another who printed my map on a football-field-sized piece of billboard vinyl and laid it on the pedestrian plaza of Rockefeller Center...

I am happy to talk through projects in some detail with clients; I want to get the project clearly laid out before committing to it, and a conversation is usually the best way to do this.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Design Education & Reference History Travel
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction

Work experience

Co-owner

Self-employed
May, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Map and inforgraphic production, book design (cover and interior), writing and editing.

Head of Production

Hedberg Maps, Inc.
January, 1994 – May, 2013 (over 19 years)

Co-founder, chief cartographer, and print manager. Created or managed over 1000 published and contract projects, including folded and laminated maps, book illustrations, atlases, brochures, and maps for promotional use.

Page designer

Pioneer Press
March, 2015 – January, 2017 (almost 2 years)

Front page and sports section layout, one night a week, for a daily newspaper in St Paul, Minnesota.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

From Silk to Silicon

Jeffrey E. Garten

The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular indust... read more

The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular indust... read more

Fifty Acres of Beach and Wood

Tom Thacher

Over 200 years of Adirondack history seen through the lens of one plot of land. Fifty Acres of Beach and Wood chronicles the lives of iconic characters from Adirondack history whose footprints have graced the shores of Indian Point on Raquette Lake. Discover the heritage of Indian Point imparted by the Mohawk Indians, Sir John Johnson, Farrand Benedict, Matthew Beach and William Wood, Professo... read more

Over 200 years of Adirondack history seen through the lens of one plot of land. Fifty Acres of Beach and Wood chronicles the lives of iconic characters from Adirondack history whose footprints have graced the shores of Indian Point on Raquette Lake. Discover the heritage of Indian Point imparted by the Mohawk Indians, Sir John Johnson, Farrand Benedict, Matthew Beach and William Wood, Professo... read more

Buildings of Savannah (SAH/BUS City Guide)

Robin B. Williams

While Savannah's famous urban plan is rightly renowned in many studies of urban history, what brings streams of tourists and architects to the city, and daily engages residents with its fascinating history, are not abstract principles of urban planning but a compelling fabric of buildings interacting with and shaping their built or natural settings. Buildings of Savannah, the first city guide ... read more

While Savannah's famous urban plan is rightly renowned in many studies of urban history, what brings streams of tourists and architects to the city, and daily engages residents with its fascinating history, are not abstract principles of urban planning but a compelling fabric of buildings interacting with and shaping their built or natural settings. Buildings of Savannah, the first city guide ... read more

The Body of God

D Dennis Hudson

This book is the crowning achievement of the remarkable scholar D. Dennis Hudson, bringing together the results of a lifetime of interdisciplinary study of south Indian Hinduism. The book is a finely detailed examination of a virtually unstudied Tamil Hindu temple, the Vaikuntha Perumal (ca. 770 C.E.). Hudson offers a sustained reading of the temple as a coherent, organized, minutely conceptua... read more

This book is the crowning achievement of the remarkable scholar D. Dennis Hudson, bringing together the results of a lifetime of interdisciplinary study of south Indian Hinduism. The book is a finely detailed examination of a virtually unstudied Tamil Hindu temple, the Vaikuntha Perumal (ca. 770 C.E.). Hudson offers a sustained reading of the temple as a coherent, organized, minutely conceptua... read more

Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict

Joan Valerie Bondurant

When Mahatma Gandhi died in 1948 by an assassin's bullet, the most potent legacy he left to the world was the technique of satyagraha (literally, holding on to the Truth). His "experiments with Truth" were far from complete at the time of his death, but he had developed a new technique for effecting social and political change through the constructive conduct of conflict: Gandhian satyagraha h... read more

When Mahatma Gandhi died in 1948 by an assassin's bullet, the most potent legacy he left to the world was the technique of satyagraha (literally, holding on to the Truth). His "experiments with Truth" were far from complete at the time of his death, but he had developed a new technique for effecting social and political change through the constructive conduct of conflict: Gandhian satyagraha h... read more

Titanic Reference Map, Second Edition

Hedberg Maps

The first complete map of the world's most famous shipwreck. The two-sided full-color infographic map unfolds to 39" x 26". The map side illustrates the course of the Titanic and her rescue ships as well as pre- and post-disaster shipping lanes. Deep-ocean diagrams of the search process and other Titanic-related points of interest are also included. The ship side contains color-coded deck plan... read more

The first complete map of the world's most famous shipwreck. The two-sided full-color infographic map unfolds to 39" x 26". The map side illustrates the course of the Titanic and her rescue ships as well as pre- and post-disaster shipping lanes. Deep-ocean diagrams of the search process and other Titanic-related points of interest are also included. The ship side contains color-coded deck plan... read more

Open (Source) for Business: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing

Heather Meeker

Heather Meeker’s Open Source for Business is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisi... read more

Heather Meeker’s Open Source for Business is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisi... read more

Never Lose a Cent: Protecting your Retirement Savings in Negative Markets

John T Geenen

Never Lose a Cent is a fun financial book that's easy to read and comprehend. It's an "every mans" guide to understanding the benefits of Indexed Universal Life Insurance, one of the most important financial innovations in the last 100 years. John Geenen relates warm, funny and personal stories that are insightful metaphors for your journey toward financial independence in retirement. Between ... read more

Never Lose a Cent is a fun financial book that's easy to read and comprehend. It's an "every mans" guide to understanding the benefits of Indexed Universal Life Insurance, one of the most important financial innovations in the last 100 years. John Geenen relates warm, funny and personal stories that are insightful metaphors for your journey toward financial independence in retirement. Between ... read more

The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food

James Norton

Come with us as we walk he alleys and back roads of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, following in the footsteps of Bob dylan and Liberace, meeting master cheesemakers, dining in the Boundary Waters, interrogating ice cream truck drivers and more. Maps and illustrations complement journalistic essays that will take you deep into the history, culture, and gastronomy of one of America's best - and ... read more

Come with us as we walk he alleys and back roads of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, following in the footsteps of Bob dylan and Liberace, meeting master cheesemakers, dining in the Boundary Waters, interrogating ice cream truck drivers and more. Maps and illustrations complement journalistic essays that will take you deep into the history, culture, and gastronomy of one of America's best - and ... read more

US College & University Reference Map: Over 1400 top colleges in the US and Canada

Hedberg Maps Inc.

Locates and indexes more than 1,400 four-year schools in the US and Canada. Inclusion of schools on the map was based on a variety of criteria, including size; proportion of student body from out of region; national prominence in specialized fields; in major sports; and in major published rankings; and affiliation with a representation of religious groups. Index data includes undergraduate adm... read more

Locates and indexes more than 1,400 four-year schools in the US and Canada. Inclusion of schools on the map was based on a variety of criteria, including size; proportion of student body from out of region; national prominence in specialized fields; in major sports; and in major published rankings; and affiliation with a representation of religious groups. Index data includes undergraduate adm... read more

Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980

Todd M. Michney

The story of white flight and the neglect of black urban neighborhoods has been well told by urban historians in recent decades. Yet much of this scholarship has downplayed black agency and tended to portray African Americans as victims of structural forces beyond their control. In this history of Cleveland's black middle class, Todd Michney uncovers the creative ways that members of this nasc... read more

The story of white flight and the neglect of black urban neighborhoods has been well told by urban historians in recent decades. Yet much of this scholarship has downplayed black agency and tended to portray African Americans as victims of structural forces beyond their control. In this history of Cleveland's black middle class, Todd Michney uncovers the creative ways that members of this nasc... read more

Memoirs on the Life and Travels of Thomas Hammond, 1748-1775

Thomas Hammond

A lavishly illustrated manuscript from the eighteenth century now being published for the first time, Thomas Hammond's memoirs are a major discovery. Hammond was a self-educated but remarkably gifted writer with a knack for seizing unlikely opportunities for adventure. We follow this abandoned waif as he embarks on a long journey through bewildering foreign lands—working by turns as a stablebo... read more

A lavishly illustrated manuscript from the eighteenth century now being published for the first time, Thomas Hammond's memoirs are a major discovery. Hammond was a self-educated but remarkably gifted writer with a knack for seizing unlikely opportunities for adventure. We follow this abandoned waif as he embarks on a long journey through bewildering foreign lands—working by turns as a stablebo... read more

Two Heads Two Spikes: Volume 1, Pearl of Wisdom Saga (The Pearl of Wisdom Saga)

Jason Paul Rice

Would you defy a king's command to prevent your only daughter from marrying into the family you most despise?

Would you defy a king's command to prevent your only daughter from marrying into the family you most despise?

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