I drew this two-page spread of a 'dating' map for National Geographic, which you can now see in this month's issue (Feb. 2012). They combed profiles from dating websites all across the US, and pulled the most commonly used terms from each zip code and mapped them. What ends up surfacing are some regional stereotypes ('oil' in Texas, 'retired' in Florida), as well as some amusing terms (Cleopatra? Yodeling? Marshmellow, anyone?). This was a really, really fascinating project to work on.
Here's a closer look:
Here's the cover of the magazine, in case you're looking for it on the newsstand or in your local library: