About Dirt Alley Design

Michelle Chandra of Dirt Alley Design with her city map posters

Dirt Alley Design was founded just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016 by artist Michelle Chandra.

Michelle had her first taste of adventure at the age of seven when she camped under the stars at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with her family. From these early beginnings, Michelle became an avid traveller in her twenties exploring the urban grid of cities, whether Bangalore or London. After attending graduate school in NYC, Michelle fell in love with maps! Inspired by the beauty of street grids, she began to create puzzle mazes in which users could travel through the actual streets of cities as a maze.

The resulting city map prints are interactive, fun and locally made in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Screenprinting rainbow San Francisco city map postersEach Dirt Alley Design maze print is designed by hand using the underlying street grid data provided by cities. Combining the psychology of mazes with the science of cartography results in a unique and interactive city map print! Our art prints are screen printed from a small studio in Santa Cruz, California.

Michelle brings a spirit of adventure and curiosity to her work and hopes you will discover something new about your favorite cities with a Dirt Alley Design maze print. 

Michelle studied programming, data art and cartography at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program where she earned her Master's degree. Her graduate work has been featured in many publications including the Daily Mail, the Washington Post, Engadget, Gizmodo, the Creator’s Project and the Weather Channel