Mapsy was founded early 2018 by illustrator Alex Foster, with help from his brothers Liam and Mason Foster. Later that year, Ed Povey, founder of Place in Print joined us. Mapsy's mission is to create a marketplace dedicated to map and location prints.
The idea for Mapsy came about after continual enquiries from customers about whether or not Alex had an illustration of a town available as a print. Most of the time, his answer was "Sorry, it's on my to-do list!". Maps take time to create, and there are only so many that we are able to give our full attention to in the limited time available. The solution was to share the work of other talented illustrators.
Our goal is to cover as many places as we can using the work of the best illustrators across the world, at the same time promoting and assisting those artists.
As illustrators ourselves, we see so many websites offering low margins when it comes to licensing designs, so we are giving our artists as much as we can from each sale. We've always been huge promoters of making sure artists are charging properly for their work, and help to reach that goal of being a full-time illustrator.
Every one of our artists has a profile on our site, and as we grow we really want Mapsy to also be a destination for people who want to commission new maps and place-related artwork. We try to promote each artist where possible; through blog features, portfolio links and an 'about the artist' leaflet included with every order.
We also need to ensure great quality and consistent customer experience, which is why all our prints are produced professionally in our own studio, then packed securely and posted to you.
Another problem artists face is trying to have their work seen by the right people, amongst the masses of competition on larger sites (e.g. Etsy, Society6, notonthehighstreet). With Mapsy, our aim is to allow our visitors to search by their town. As more illustrators joing us, the more coverage we will acheive. If you are reading this and you are a map illustrator or an artist who has made maps, we'd love to hear from you.