Mary Tao

Hand map of San Francisco

Whenever I meet someone new to San Francisco, I love showing them the map of SF neighborhoods that is in the palm of their hand. I decided to turn that map into an illustration, which was then screenprinted on different papers. 

For each neighborhood, I not only identified it by name, but also by some of its visual landmarks and themes as well. For example, the Castro is known for being the gay neighborhood, and flies a large rainbow flag. In the Financial District, there is the unmistakable TransAm building, the Golden Gate bridge just north of the Marina and Presidio, and Karl the Fog is rolling in from the Sunset. 


#100daysofmagicrealism is an exercise where I drew 100 drawings based on tweets from the @MagicRealismBot twitter account. Sometimes I draw people I know, sometimes it's to draw things I usually don't get a chance to draw. Ultimately, it's a project where I have an opportunity to illustrate outside of the day-to-day product wireframing and whiteboarding.

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A sea snake says to Alice in Wonderland: "Look for a mauve eucalyptus tree. It will tell you what to do next."
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A Portuguese poet listens to an accordion that plays the music of sleep.
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A Malaysian psychologist spends all her time writing an opera about twilight.

Visual Notes

Illustrated notes from various conferences and workshops I've attended.

2014 — Present

Hybrid Conf Berlin

August 2016

Marty Cagan Workshop

June 2016

Epicurrence: Montues

March 2016

Jim Bull: Design Brilliantly

Feb 2016

Panel: Designing Products For Good

Nov 2015

Panel: Designing Diversity

Nov 2015

Google FORM

Nov 2014

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CANVAS Shoes — Star Wars