Dirt Alley Design was founded just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016 by artist Michelle Chandra. Michelle was interested in how geographic data could be used to represent cities in imaginative and surreal ways. After seeing a lecture on maze generating algorithms, she began to explore creating puzzle mazes out of city street grids in which customers could travel through the actual streets of cities as a maze.
The resulting prints are interactive, fun and locally made in San Francisco!
An avid traveller, Michelle has visited cities far and wide around the world including Bangalore, Dublin, Madrid, Chania, Barcelona, London and Paris. She 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.