About Us

Meet Purple Lizard

Purple Lizard Maps is a small, independent cartographic design firm dedicated to making beautiful maps of beautiful places. Known for design excellence and extraordinary functionality, Purple Lizard makes maps for people who want to get the most out of their recreation. Based in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Purple Lizard works nationally on map design projects and has been publishing its own unique brand of maps since 1997.

Purple Lizard Maps was founded by award winning cartographer, Michael Hermann, with a mission to make superior recreational maps representing excellence in design and functionality for those with a passion for adventure in the outdoors.

We are committed to doing our part to help protect the beautiful places we map, and proudly partner with local environmental organizations and community groups. We are also a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

Michael Hermann, Department of Adventure

Michael’s passion for mapping beautiful places was born in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, the Outer Banks of the east coast, the deserts of Arizona and the mountains of Colorado and Utah. And a lot of points in between and far away. Michael moved around a lot, and he was really good at exploring new environments in different places. He spent most of his time exploring the hills searching out places to do remote hikes, rockclimb, go caving, backcountry snowboard, launch kayaks, downhill skateboard, ride mountain bikes, motorcycles and put together expedition drives in 4wd vehicles. This made him the go-to guide for a variety of adventures in a variety of states. He began contributing to guidebooks and magazines, which often asked for maps, which he would draw by hand. In 1992 he decided a formal education in cartography would greatly help his mapmaking, and he graduated among the first group of digital cartographers in the US. Michael received his B.A. in Geography from Penn State in 1995 and launched his career as a Digital Cartographic Specialist with Trails Illustrated/National Geographic Maps in Evergreen, Colorado.

Now Michael is among the leading cartographers working today. He has received numerous design awards from the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. In addition to his work with Purple Lizard, Michael served as the lead cartographer with the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine where he led the development of the comprehensive Historic Atlas of Maine. He is a past president of NACIS (North American Cartography and Information Society) and the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine.



Purple Lizard Maps

194 Polecat Rd, Centre Hall, PA  16828