Keir DuBois

  • @keirdubois
  • Freelance graphic designer and creative cartographer since 2004.
  • he/him
  • Ventura, CA
Designer by trade, writer by training. I help organizations keep a strong, stylish identity and clear...  
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Positions

Freelance Senior Designer

  • Self-Employed
  • Feb 2020 - Present

Designer/Co-Owner

  • Tight Ship Design
  • Jan 2017 - Sep 2020

Senior Designer

  • Oniracom
  • Aug 2013 - Feb 2020

Chapter President

  • AIGA Central Coast
  • Jan 2012 - Dec 2018

Graphic Designer

  • BBM&D Strategic Branding
  • Jun 2004 - Aug 2013

Freelance Writer

  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • Feb 2001 - Jun 2003
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2021

Oct 14, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
Created a Map
You knew this was inevitable, right? A “Found Islands” portfolio entry in the style of “Homeworlds,” chock-full of faux-satellite imagery from places that don’t actually exist on this (or any other) real planet. No one is an island, not even in these stupid times of plague and isolation, so I feel like I’ve gotta do something more with this stuff than just barf it up on Instagram every few weeks. Stay tuned.
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 12, 2021
Created a Map
CLIENT: Can you create a cool sci-fi map of Boston for my dystopian novel?

YOUR HERO: Yes, yes I can.

New portfolio piece up on the site: a mappy art piece for Lee S. Hannon's forthcoming novel. I very much enjoyed helping build the world of COLIGO and the UNITAS series. Biotech! Artificial Intelligence! Time Travel! And I got to map it.

More at the project's portfolio entry.
Jul 06, 2021
Jul 06, 2021
Launched a new website
These "Dubious Ventures" are not those "Dubious Ventures." Yep, after a long dormancy of sputtering, social-media-era futility, my DV blog has returned. It’ll mostly be retconned stuff copied from my 2010-2020 socials, but less...cringeworthy? Anyway, right now it only goes back to early 2017, but earlier stuff shall resurface soon—mostly more bite-sized, self-centered highlights that social media has conditioned me to barf out for the past decade. You've been warned.


May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021
Created a Map
designed a map
printed a map
+ 1
Cheaply printed some stuff at Fedex for the first time since, oh, 2019. Nature is healing and whatnot. Why? To help show off a new brief/updated portfolio entry for my custom fantasy maps! I alluded to the project's ongoing permutations with not only more of my own personal mockups containing labels and other goodies, but also custom work for other campaigns, detailed localized city maps, and, inevitably, traditional hobbity/Mappa Mundi-style pieces. Check it out here.

Mar 22, 2021
Mar 22, 2021
Hosted a podcast
Leaned into that "underemployed middle-aged guy" life in 2021 with (what else) a podcast, "My Band Rocks," about my 25-years-long dubious hobby of amateur musicianship, because I needed another project until I pick up more freelance work and/or I’m able to seek a full-time gig.

So, every Monday this year I've released a short (17-25 min), music-heavy @mybandrockspod “audiobiography” episode about each album I've been part of, through three amateur indie bands, a side project, and my own solo stuff.

Some people will say "meh, another useless self-centered podcast," but I simply cannot be shamed when it comes to talking about my favorite, longtime, most-important-to-me hobby, and nobody else is gonna tell this story, so I have (and probably will again).

Anyway, it's finished for now—Episode 12, today's dispatch, is sort of a "season finale"—and if you want to hear them all, you can do that via your favorite podcast platform. There’s even a Spotify playlist for chronological order.

Like my other cumulative, long-term creative projects done during the past year, this may not fit on a résumé or impress a hiring manager, but I tend to reflexively share my projects, regardless of attention or success.

Hear all 12 episodes, a brisk four hours in total, in chronological order on Spotify or in reverse on Apple (or wherever you get your podcasts!).
Feb 16, 2021
Feb 16, 2021
Created a Map
Designed Editorial Illustrations
Latest addition to the Keirtography portfolio: an editorial map illustration by me, accompanying "How Designers Can Impact Diversity in Design" by Jacinda Walker of designExplorr in IDSA's Innovation Magazine. Details here.
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