ski map design cartographic and natural science illustration
interpretive graphic design


news and current projects


Snowmass Summer
Trail Maps

Hand painted and digital summer maps for this fantastic Colorado mountain

Aspen Mountain
Summer Trail Map

Hand painted summer map for one of my favorite mountains

American Birding Association Travel Maps

A few of the recent maps created for the ABA - A mix of maps from around the world.

Expanded Ski Area Winter Trail Map

for the Yellowstone Club's Eglise expansion

Bridger Ridge Run Trail Map Poster

hand painted summer map for one of North America's top trail races

other recent projects

latest innovative graphic solutions

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Hand Painted Ski Maps
Recreational Trail Maps
Vector Illustrated Campus Maps &
Resort Maps
Natural and Cultural Resources Mapping
Editorial Maps


Natural Science Illustration
Architectural HABS/HAER
Measured Drawings
Photo Simulations
3D Modeling/SketchUp
Cultural Resource Documentation / Site Sketch Maps


Interpretive Design

Natural and Cultural Resources Interpretive Design
Educational/Training Materials
Resource Compliance Materials
Section 106 Mitigation Materials


Rad Smith

specializes in ski map products, cartographic illustration, and interpretive graphic design

Since 1998, I have been providing a variety of maps, technical illustrations, and graphic solutions to the outdoor industry, as well in support of the interpretation of natural and cultural resources. My work combines a range of traditional drawing and painting skills with technical mapping and illustration techniques. By this I provide accurate, but unique, visual solutions to a wide variety of end users.

I've recently turned, with paint brush in hand, to the traditional method of painting panoramic terrain maps. With this I hope to achieve a more natural look and feel with a wider variety of color and texture in my maps. With guidance from James Niehues and by referencing a variety of panoramic painters for inspiration, I will continue to expand my mapping services... while I hope to carry on a long tradition of creating panoramic artwork.