Meet Ross Worden. Ross is the Principal Creator at Conquest Maps in Columbus, Ohio. They craft pin board travel maps, posters and customized maps with an antiquated, rustic feel to plan and track your adventures.
Q: What's the story behind your business?
A: It all started when, not having been able to find exactly what I wanted online, I decided to make a pin board map of where my wife and I wanted to travel, as a birthday gift. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to look like and how it should function, so after some late nights with just me and my friend "Photoshop", that map was finally able to be printed. Having had experience printing on and wrapping canvas, it was just a matter of getting the right materials and assembly figured out for my new internal frame design. She loved it so much, that I decided it would make sense to share it with the rest of the world! Constant improvement on my product line and expanding our online presence has kept things growing and is keeping me very busy! So after I'm done being a full time Industrial Designer during the day, my evenings are generally dedicated to Conquest Maps. Since moving into our house, I have turned my entire basement into my office and studio, which has been a great upgrade from when I started out in our one bedroom apartment!
Q: What makes your products unique?
A: My products are unique literally because until I made them, they didn't exist! There are travel pin boards out there, but my maps are designed to use robust materials and cork for a very durable product, which allows them to be shipped anywhere in the country (or worldwide) with very few incidents of transportation damages. No other pin board utilizes wrapped canvas either. It's a very popular style for interior decor (as opposed to having a traditional external picture frame), and lending that aesthetic to my products is a strong differentiator. The maps themselves are completely original as well, combining vector data for an accurate map, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop layering to create a rustic feel. Even down to the wood pins that I've designed and manufacture, customers truly can't find anything quite like this anywhere else. A highly functional piece of home decor that can be a conversation piece in any room!
Q: What do you like about being part of the Celebrate Local family?
A: Celebrate Local is such a great place to be! They have a prime location at (what I have to assume is) one of the hottest shopping spots in the state (Easton), and do a ton of promotional and personal work to get both their vendors sales, and customers really unique locally made products they can be proud of. There is a lot of opportunity, being a part of the CL family, and I really look forward to what the future holds as we both grow!
Check out Conquest Maps in our online store!