Where are you? Where are you going? Where do you want to be?
Maps can reveal so much—about a place, an experience, and even about you. It’s not just a street corner or an old church, it’s what happened there and what you have experienced. It’s memory and history, discovery and loss. Maps are how we find our way through a new town but also how we discover the place we thought we knew. A good map design can make a person feel more connected to a place and can encourage the desire to explore.
Steady Hand Maps is the brainchild of crazed mapmaker, Jen Urso, specializing in custom, hand drawn maps and map design that reveals stuff you never even knew you wanted to know about your place.
Where do you want to go?
What kind of experience do you want to have?
Maybe you don’t know, and that’s the thrill of looking at a map. It’s all the possibilities that can unfold.
For our Signature Exhibition, Picturing Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler, we reached out to Jen Urso to create an illustrated map highlighting the different dwellings of the time. Not only was Jen able to accommodate our needs but she went above and beyond doing her own research. She was able to add in embellishments that were referential to the era and the drawings of the different housing was perfection. Our visitors have raved about the map and many use it as a reference point when going through the exhibition. We would highly recommend Jen, her promptness and professional attitude made working with her a breeze.Chandler Migrant Camps Map – Chandler Museum
I commissioned Jen to draw a map of our property as a gift for my husband. My husband was overwhelmed and speechless when he saw the map and said ‘best gift ever’. A map created by Jen is distinctive and individualized. Jen does a LOT of research when drawing a map. She infused our map with personal notes/items that she took from talking with me, viewing photos, and reading numerous emails. My family has pored over this map–amazed how Jen was able to envision and capture the essence, fun, and specialness of our place in a map. This is what makes a custom-drawn map from Jen so distinctive. A CUSTOM MAP FROM STEADY HAND MAPS IS A VERY, VERY SPECIAL GIFT INDEED.Bracy Estate Map – Regina Bracy
I wanted to show my love and appreciation for my partner by highlighting and celebrating the very place we truly became a family – our home and neighborhood in Phoenix. In creating the map, Jen asked me thoughtful questions about the connections we have to our place that I didn’t even think of! The result is a map and work of art that speaks to our history together, our shared values, and the beauty of the place we live. If you want to captivate your audience and get your point across, I’d give Jen and Steady Hand Maps a shout.Mini Gift Map – Nick
I’m crying and loving this, he’s going to freak out. Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to have this hanging up in our house.Anniversary Gift Map – Megyn
He loved the map! Thank you for making something special we can both treasure.Anniversary Gift Map – Jeny
We wanted to let you know how amazingly your maps were received! Everyone we gave one to was over the moon! Our friends were genuinely touched to receive such an unusual, yet personalized gift. Honestly, our most even-keeled, non-emotional friends got teary-eyed when they opened their gift! True gift-giving success!
Thank you for creating these gifts that will be treasured for years to come!Mini Gift Maps – Meredith
Our Latest Work
Check out some of my favorite custom map design projects.