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#48626 Specs and standards samples and templates...

Posted by David Medeiros on 19 March 2015 - 11:25 AM

With more time on my hands I might try something like this:



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#49902 Manual Shaded Relief of the US

Posted by Tom Patterson on 03 January 2016 - 07:26 PM

Hello everyone,


I drew a generalized shaded relief of the 48 contiguous US states fitted to 1:10 million Natural Earth shorelines and rivers. The relief also covers southern Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.


You can checkout this new product, released as part of Natural Earth, at the link below.





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#48601 About that Google doodle’s blurb…

Posted by Strebe on 14 March 2015 - 09:06 PM

I complained to a friend at Google. He forwarded my comments, and within hours, they fixed it. The original blurb stated that Mercator was the first to create a map taking into account the spherical shape of the earth.


— daan

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#50032 New world map projections in ArcGIS 10.4

Posted by Tom Patterson on 18 February 2016 - 06:25 AM

New projections include the Natural Earth, Natural Earth II, and Patterson, which for obvious reasons I really like ;)





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#49608 A Matter of Perspective

Posted by Daniel Huffman on 29 September 2015 - 10:04 AM

Just wanted to share here a project I am finally making public: a linear map of Lake Michigan. Basically, I cut and unfurled the lakeshore into a mostly-straight continuous line. Also, this is the subject of my upcoming PCD talk, so don't read if you don't want spoilers.


You can read in much more detail how this was made (and why) on my blog: http://somethingabou...of-perspective/. There's also a larger version there to browse through.


It was pretty fun to make, and I'm hoping to get through all of the Great Lakes, and then maybe put them all on an impractically-sized poster.

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#48788 Not that I need an excuse for that next beer but...

Posted by david17tym on 30 April 2015 - 03:31 PM


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#48767 Accuracy and Precision in Geographic Coordinates -

Posted by David Medeiros on 28 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

Not sure if this qualifies as an info graphic, but it's not a map so I guess this is the best place for it.


At the SGC we always struggle with getting researchers to understand the issues involved with the differences between accuracy and precision; as well as false precision with too many decimal paces in a coordinate; and understanding why we don't measure in geographic coordinates.


This single page graphic is my attempt to provide a quick reference or cheat sheet for those issues in GIS. I found a few simialr sheets around online but nothing that put it all together.


Let me know what you think. This is not a primer on projections and coordinate systems, that graphic is still under development!

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#48734 Cartographer, Adventure Cycling Assoc., Missoula MT

Posted by Jennifer on 17 April 2015 - 05:54 PM

Adventure Cycling Association is looking for a cartographer...if you ever wanted to combine your love of making maps with your love of bicycling, we'd love to hear from you. Check out the job description at:






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#48418 Overpass Turbo

Posted by Daniel Huffman on 28 January 2015 - 05:43 PM

I wanted to share what has proven to be a very valuable resource for data, which comes to me via Sam Matthews (mapsam.com): Overpass Turbo — http://overpass-turbo.eu/


It can look a bit intimidating, but it's pretty easy to work with. Go click the "Wizard" button, and then type in a query like "highway = trunk." It will grab the data and show every major highway on the map on the right. It pulls data for whatever area you've got shown on the right-side map. To download, click "Export"


Today, I needed all the major roads in a county. Normally, I can find a government dataset that either has a) every single road ever, or b) just the main highways. I needed something in-between those, and all I had to do was go to Overpass Turbo, and in the wizard do a query of "highway = motorway OR highway = trunk OR highway = primary" and it pulled the top 3 levels of roads for me. I downloaded them, kicked them in to Arc, and I'm on my way to my map. No need to sort through TIGER data picking out the roads I want.


You can make use of more than just roads data. Anything OSM has can be grabbed. Consult the handy feature list for stuff you can download: http://wiki.openstre...ki/Map_Features


Pretty handy stuff. If you want to get fancy, you can access the Overpass API with your own scripts, but if you don't know anything about scripting, or just don't care to make one, Overpass Turbo makes it easy to just look around and download what you want.

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#47817 Boring Cartographers Map Bland and Dull

Posted by Matthew Hampton on 15 August 2014 - 09:59 PM

BORING, Oregon, August 9th, 2014 -- Just in time to commemorate Boring and Dull Day on August 9th, a new piece of local artwork is available to the public.  Two card-carrying NACIS members from Boring, Oregon, have created an illustration showcasing the unusual alliance between three communities around the world who have unstimulating names. The thrilling threesome between Bland, Dull, and Boring has formed the League of Extraordinary Communities and the artwork contains detailed maps and factual information on each community, as well as a timeline detailing the development of this tedious triangle.  Local residents took advantage of purchasing the poster in person at the Boring and Dull Day community social at Boring Station Trailhead Park from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, where cartographers, Matthew Hampton and Erica McCormick, staffed a pop-up map shop for boringmaps.com.  The nicely styled print “is a fine addition to any Boring home, in addition to Dull and Bland ones, not to mention any wearisome wall around the world,” Hampton said.


It all started with a bike ride.  A Scottish woman was cycling through Oregon and saw a sign for the town of Boring, reminding her of a town she lived near: Dull.  Soon, the Dull Women’s Book Club was informed and before long, the Councils of Dull and Boring were rolling up their sleeves.  From their enthused camaraderie, the Pair for the Ages was born, twinning Dull and Boring for all time.  International interest was piqued and a chord was struck in the outback.  The Shire of Bland, in New South Wales, Australia, was no stranger to the tired jokes Dull and Boring endure, and a kinship was formed.  Together, these three rural locales now comprise the League of Extraordinary Communities.  They were on the world’s mental map, but two particular Boring residents following the developments of the economic tourist partnership happened to be mapmakers and knew something must be done.  Hampton and McCormick met over a Boring Brewing beer and decided to tackle the project as a way to honor the trio and provide the finest crafted cartographic creation this tedious triad has seen.

“What intrigued us was the similarities between these three rural places around the globe and the cartographic challenge that one is a shire, one is a parish, and one is a community,” McCormick said.  They worked with local businesses and organizations throughout the process and chose a thick pearlized paper, rich ink, and a high quality design.  The result is a piece of art that is far from dull and bland.

The poster is frame-worthy so Hampton and McCormick hope folks will be proud to hang it in their homes and to offer as gifts for friends.  The Boring duo plans to expand the brand with related merchandise in the future and hopes that other mundane-monikered communities will join the League, which is why it was formed.  More information about their work, the Pair for the Ages, and the League of Extraordinary Communities is available at www.boringmaps.com.

“It was really exciting to interview our Dull friends and to be on the phone with Bland folks” McCormick explains. “The international nature of the project made it very rewarding.”  The League was formed to encourage tourism and will use the slogan “We’re Bland, Dull, and Boring, so come visit.”  Hampton and McCormick think everyone's journey to Bland, Dull, and Boring ought to start with a good set of maps.


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#46941 Wall map of Colorado's Terrain - plan oblique relief with landcover

Posted by jdvarner on 07 December 2013 - 04:49 PM

I've been working on a new wall map of Colorado (41 by 31 inches) that shows the terrain in plan oblique relief, combined with landcover coloration, with labels for all the major landscape features, towns, ski areas, etc.

I used Natural Scene Designer to render the plan oblique relief. I'm also experimenting with Patrick Kennelly's hillshading techniques using sky models: https://speakerdeck....terrain-metrics, which makes for a nice effect -- I like how it accentuates the shadows in deep canyons.


I showed an earlier version of this map (which used hypsometric tinting instead of landcover) at the NACIS poster gallery in Greenville.


Please let me know what you think! Is this relief portrayal effective? I'm trying to make the terrain easily interpret-able, with an immediately recognizable "3D" effect. What do you think about the label density, especially in somewhat crowded areas like the Front Range? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!




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#46797 The Appalaichian Trail

Posted by Rosemary D on 24 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

Hi Everyone,


Here is the Appalachian Trail map recently made at National Geographic Maps which we displayed in the Map Gallery at this year's Annual Meeting. We had a lot of fun making this map, it's a bit of a hybrid between our classic political reference map and a more physical styled map, and we had a great time getting some feedback from all the cartographers at NACIS. We hope to carry this style of map out to the other great trail systems across the U.S., and possibly the world!



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#46781 Memory Roots: A Traveler's History

Posted by bswanson on 21 October 2013 - 09:20 PM

Thanks for the opportunity to post my map on Cartotalk! This map won second place at the NACIS Meeting in Greenville. Just click the map to view the full image. Note that it is a PNG and it is 2.6 MB in size.


This map documents my personal travels from my home base in Minneapolis to various locations around the country.



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#50237 NACIS 2016 pricing

Posted by David Medeiros on 19 April 2016 - 04:20 PM

And it's all worth every penny! :D

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#50219 Ocean Edge resort 3D property map

Posted by Michael Karpovage on 15 April 2016 - 08:39 AM

kru, thank you! Glad you picked up on that. Yeah, those ponds had lots of floating lillies along the edges so I tried to emulate that along the perimeter with the brighter green area using a Dissolve brush to get that broken up pattern. Then adding the blurred vertical reflections of trees against the blurred horizontal streaks of the water. Those blurs are Motion Blurs in Photoshop. Lastly, I hit the middle of the ponds with the Dodge tool to lighten it up. Gives it nice depth. In reality, from the air, those ponds are very dark against the landscape. By giving them an exaggerated brighter blue color, more vibrant, it makes them pop against all that greenery. Here's a close-up of the detail:

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#50218 Ocean Edge resort 3D property map

Posted by razornole on 15 April 2016 - 07:51 AM

Nice work once again Michael,


Seems as though you are keeping busy, congrats.  I always pick up different details from each of your maps that I review.  For this map it would have to be the ponds, in particular, the ones without names.  I like the calmness close to shore showing the reflections of the trees.


Thanks for posting,


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#50196 Ocean Edge resort 3D property map

Posted by Michael Karpovage on 11 April 2016 - 11:13 PM

Hey Carto Mates,


Finally this long map project is finished and I'm pleased to present it here. The client loves it and I'm very happy with the outcome, too. This was my second golf course resort map. Was very challenging because of the wide area mapped and no use of aerial photography as we usually do. No site visits, either. I had relied heavily on flat satellite imagery skewed into a 3D perspective, computer generated fly-over views of the golf courses to see sand traps and greens and tree locations, Google Street Views and client ground photos for landscaping and architectural details. Basically, pulling all these puzzle pieces together to form a new 3D birds-eye-view property map. Their old one was a flat, top down 2D map rather amateurishly illustrated for such a luxurious resort. Hence, why they called us!

Below is a low res image, but the new Ocean Edge resort map can also be seen at this zoomable high-res LINK on the Mapformation website. Go Full Screen and definitely zoom in to see all of the detail work I put into it. Texture and shadowing on the golf courses. Little holes with flags. Golfers putting or driving. Golf carts. Even tiny golf balls! Size exaggerated, of course. Kayakers, board walks, bicycles, blue chairs and parasols on the beach. I even added the oyster farm in the bay. I used footprints of non-resort buildings so the map reader knows there are other structures dotted throughout the area.

The iIllustration itself was rendered in Photoshop but for The Mansion buildings I drew their shells in Illustrator and then copied them into Photoshop to add the detail work - went faster and was more accurate for me. So, sort of a hybrid vector/raster, if you will. Final labeling, legend and graphic design done in InDesign adhering to corporate branding standards in colors and fonts.


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#50010 American Geographical Society additions of Savannah maps

Posted by Michael Karpovage on 12 February 2016 - 12:45 PM

Hi guys,

I'm very pleased to share that my trilogy of Karpovage Creative Savannah illustrated maps have now been catalogued into the Digital Collections of the American Geographical Society at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. This is a huge honor.

At this LINK are the three maps in high-resolution digital scans where you can zoom way in to see the detail work. Both sides of each map are available.





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#49992 Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map

Posted by Michael Karpovage on 10 February 2016 - 10:18 AM

Hello map lovers,


This is the third and final map in my series of Savannah illustrated maps: the Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map.

It's been out since January 1, 2016 and has gotten quite the popular response. This cemetery in Savannah, GA is the 4th most visited attraction in the city. Over 800,000 people visit a year. It is ranked the #2 most beautiful cemetery in the U.S. Most visitors take tours to learn of the notable historical burials and to see museum-like monuments all set in a garden-like Victorian-era landscape. It's a photographer's haven. It is also a working cemetery with funerals and many locals whose family members are buried within. I had visited there four times previously and got lost each time as the roads, paths, avenues and alleys was simply maze-like. It was very difficult to find a particular historical gravesite, too. All that was available by the city run cemetery department was a letter-sized black and white flat 2D map. It was utterly useless and devoid of any valued content. I saw that I could definitely improve upon this map and also tap into the tourism market just like my two previous Savannah Illustrated maps.

You can see some of the production progression here on my Bonaventure Map Facebook Page of how I went from designing a flat map, skewing it into 3D, and then literally walking the cemetery for hours on end taking notes, photos and sketching. I also took a tour with one of the best guides in the industry to gain more knowledge of the content to be on the map. Conducted a lot of research, worked with the Bonaventure Historical Society and even hired my niece to help with the writing and re-writing, giving her a first publication she could put her author name on. When I had a prototype of both sides of the map, I printed high-resolution posters and presented the work to over 70 members of the historical society to get their feedback, buy-in, and retail sales opportunity. It was so thrilling to see them pressing their noses close to the map and searching, then smiling with pride saying their great grandmother or great grandfather is buried in a particular plot. Working hand-in-hand with members of the society was highly important for accuracy and to set the tone for respecting those loved-ones of family members interred within. Although this is a tourism map, you can feel the seriousness in the writing of the factoids and content. It is not only a navigational tool, but an educational piece. That's how I've created all three of my retail Savannah maps.

I used Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as software to create this publication. Printed 4,000 for the initial run. 18x27" flat size folds to 4x9" brochure.


Do enjoy!

Here's a small-sized version below. To see close-ups and both sides of the map, visit these two links: KarpovageCreative.com or at Mapformation.

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#49991 Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map

Posted by Michael Karpovage on 10 February 2016 - 09:45 AM

Thou Better Not Go To Bonaventure Without This Map


Savannah, Georgia - Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah's most visited destinations for tourists and locals alike, but it's also where getting lost in its 100 acres and among its thousands of monuments is almost guaranteed. Never again with the new Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map. Now visitors to this hauntingly beautiful historic garden cemetery can get an immediate "big picture" of its crisscrossing avenues, aisles and alleys in order to find her most famous residents


This new 3D, birds-eye-view pictorial map, published by Michael Karpovage of Karpovage Creative, Inc., is a must-have for taphophiles–people who visit cemeteries to learn the history of those interred within and who appreciate the monuments, symbolism and funerary art as if it were an outdoor museum. When you unfold the map to its 18x27" poster size, you are pulled into a densely illustrated landscape highlighting Bonaventure's most visited graves. The artwork is reminiscent of a cartographic style popular in the 19th-century and fitting for a cemetery borne in the Victorian era. Short bios of the most notable burials surround the main illustration while factoids about the cemetery are peppered throughout. Best of all, there are no distracting advertisements interfering with the artwork. The reverse side of the map gives a history of the property along with definitions of symbols found at grave sites.


Shannon Scott, owner of Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys, remarked that, "as a student of Bonaventure history for 25 years and as proprietor of the cemetery's first daily tour company in 2002, I can assure you that for 800,000 visitors to the property a year, a solid map has been the weakest link of the whole experience...Michael Karpovage has made more than just a map to the place, he's made history with its making. Not since the cemetery was founded in 1846 has a true visitor map that functions solidly, existed." Lee Maltenfort, chairman of the Bonaventure Historical Society, concurs. "Mr. Karpovage's map of Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most well-researched documents about the cemetery that has been published in recent years."


The Bonaventure map is Karpovage's third in his Savannah series. In 2012 he debuted the Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map, and in 2015 he released the Haunted Savannah Illustrated Map. "After visiting Bonaventure several times as a tourist and getting lost myself," says Karpovage, "I felt there needed to be an upgrade in the navigational tools offered to the public. And as a Savannah history lover, Bonaventure was not only very well deserving of a map, but also of telling her story in a highly visual way." 


"There's an old saying in Savannah," says Shannon Scott, "that, You've not been to Savannah until you've been to Bonaventure. I would now like to offer as an addendum, Thou better not go to Bonaventure without this map!"


Michael Karpovage is an award-winning cartographer, author and designer based out of Roswell, GA. His new Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map can be found at KarpovageCreative.com, at Amazon.com and is also being sold at Bonaventure Cemetery.



Michael Karpovage
5055 Magnolia Walk,
Roswell, GA, USA
Ph: 678-642-0196



Close-up images can be seen here on the U.S. Amazon link.



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