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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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#47712 Weir Farm 3D oblique map

Posted by David Medeiros on 07 July 2014 - 05:53 PM

I had the chance to see a little of how Vue works recently here at the Spatial History Project and it looks impressive. NSD on steroids in some ways. As detailed as this scene is it seems that Vue can certainly go a lot further if needed.


That got me thinking about these kinds of 'realistic' scene renderings and how far will we go with them before it becomes simpler to take an oblique picture?  There must be a significant amount of work put into an image like this in terms of creating models, textures, retouching the DEM, setting the layout etc.  The result is very realistic but just abstracted enough to still be much easier to read then a photo, but it's approaching the point at which instead of adding realism we will need to start taking it away in order to maintain the benefit of a representation over reality.

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#47532 My first Story Map

Posted by Matthew Hampton on 12 May 2014 - 03:08 PM

With a stash of de-collared and rectified GLO maps I created this Spyglass into the 1852 PLSS Survey of Portlandusing ESRI's new Story Maps.  


Kudos to their team for making it so easy to create a responsive web-map.  It reminded me of this post on the forums from 5 years ago.

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#47456 Thana Pel fantasy map

Posted by Hans van der Maarel on 16 April 2014 - 09:23 AM

That works out great. And having a good eye for detail is what a cartographer is all about, isn't it?

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#47446 Cartotalk turns 10!

Posted by Hans van der Maarel on 15 April 2014 - 03:55 AM

It was 10 years ago today that Nick Springer set up Cartotalk. I'd like to thank each and everyone of you for making this forum for what it is today: an active, supportive, friendly, growing, worldwide community of cartographers and map-enthusiasts. At the moment we have almost 13000 members and there's been over 44000 posts on Cartotalk over the years.


I'd also like to thank the good people at NACIS and Axis Maps, our sponsors and the moderator team for making sure Cartotalk keeps running.


And finally, many thanks to Sam Pepple for making this great Cartotalk birthday flyer.




So, if you love Cartotalk, have fun today and make a map ;)

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#47394 Using GCS instead of a projected system for major presentation maps...(rant)

Posted by David Medeiros on 25 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

Quick rant about map projections for important presentations...


...when presenting to a national audience, at the white house, try to use something other than GCS.


Below is a screen grab from Jack Dangermond's recent speech at the White House about their climate data initiatives (pretty cool). But the opening map of the US looked awful. I'm sure this only matters to cartographers and geographers, but I would have thought that included Jack and Esri.


I mocked up the layout Esri brought with what it could have looked like with just 3 extra minutes work on the various projections (becasue the screenshot is hard to see).


On top of the lack of a projection, I think the image was stretched which made it even worse.







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#47325 IMIA Asia Pacific Conference Website

Posted by Schroder on 05 March 2014 - 06:49 AM

The International Map Industry Association (IMIA) – Asia Pacific conference is an annual event that promotes networking and education for organisations involved in the mapping and geospatial industry.  Whether you are in the business of maps or your organisation uses location-based technologies to make important, well-informed and evidence-based decisions, this year's event will highlight the value of Geographic Information Systems and associated technologies.


On 17-19 August, the IMIA Asia Pacific conference will feature an exciting programme of speakers that will showcase how the "Power of Location" is put to good use in the real world. Business leaders, managers, academics and GIS professionals from the public and private sectors will attend - so should you. Sign up today at Asia Pacific's conference website at:  www.imiaconference.com


IMIA International is in the process of creating a new website for our members. The new design will be contemporary, interactive, more user friendly, and dynamic.  The development team expects to introduce the new IMIA website in March!

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#47296 can we have a separate discussion forum for bad maps?

Posted by Hans van der Maarel on 03 March 2014 - 03:46 AM

There sure are a lot of bad maps around, a lot of the stuff that gets posted on the Amazing Maps twitter has me screaming "that's not a map, that's just data"... The Twitter Language Map for example 6323180339_095a18e2a1_b.jpg


French people tweet in French? Who'd have thought that... :rolleyes:


Anyway... to get a bit more serious... Yes, I think we could have a discussion forum for that (possibly a subforum of the Map Gallery), but I want to hear from some others about this first. Also, while I'd welcome in-depth discussion of such maps, I don't think we'd want to shame anybody so the main focus should be on how those maps could be improved.

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#47226 JB Physical map of the world

Posted by natcase on 20 February 2014 - 11:26 AM

As part of an ongoing exploration of early-twentieth-century map styles, here's a piece I finished last month. Any and all comments welcome!



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#47164 A Thru Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail

Posted by Craig Jr on 07 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

Overall it is a good looking map and being a backpacker it makes me want to hit the trail. One suggestion as commented above is I would put the photos in order as they appear along the trail. Southern CA at the bottom and Canada at the top and the rest in order between the two. The pictures are awesome but may be too large and taking away from the subject of the map? It might also be interesting to subtly throw on some Latitude lines to show scale as to the length of the hike.


Looks good!



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#46798 Envision the Susquehanna

Posted by Rosemary D on 24 October 2013 - 02:22 PM

Hello Again,


Here is the 2nd map NG Maps had in the NACIS 2013 Map Gallery, Envision the Susqueahanna. This is part of a series of maps we have done with the Chesapeake Conservancy to inform readers about the importance of preserving major river watersheds.



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#46525 A new mountain map - Triglav

Posted by Lui on 05 September 2013 - 02:35 PM



Here is my new mountain map of Triglav area (Julian Alps - Slovenia) at scale 1:25000. It is two sided and 6 color printed map (4+2). Any suggestions for next edition are welcome.





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#46283 Which is better, ALL CAPS or Title Case for map typography?

Posted by Hans van der Maarel on 05 August 2013 - 02:43 AM

In general I agree with what's been said above, it depends on the map and what you're mapping. I find title case easier to read, but all caps (combined with perhaps a bold letter, or different color)  is a great way to highlight important features.


One thing to keep in mind when labelling in title case is that when it comes to given names some languages have some odd rules about which letters to capitalize. For example, if there's ever a street named after me here in The Netherlands (just you wait and see! ;) ) it'd be "van der Maarelstraat", no caps on the v and d (also... to make matters more complicated... my last name should be sorted under m, not v...). However... should I be so lucky that a street in Belgium is named after me as well (hey... a man can dream... :P ) then it would be "Van Der Maarelstraat".


Another thing in Dutch is that the combination ij is treated as a single letter. So it's IJsselmeer instead of Ijsselmeer. And there's the case of 's or 't at the start of a word, which shouldn't be capitalised... (like 's-Hertogenbosch or 't-Harde)


So long story short, if you're labelling a map of an area where your not familiar with the local language and you're going to change the case (from whatever is supplied to you), be careful you're not introducing mistakes.

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#46083 Great Map Video

Posted by Holly B on 02 July 2013 - 11:46 AM

What if you had never seen a printed map? What if all you only knew about was electronic devices? This tongue in cheek video is an introduction to “a new bio-optical knowledge recording and dissemination system, responding to the trade name: Map.”




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#45597 WEB GIS

Posted by gregsd on 21 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

Have you looked at using something like Mango Maps?
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#45415 Blaeu's Atlas

Posted by Hans van der Maarel on 25 March 2013 - 03:22 AM

The library team at Utrecht University has put high-res scans from Blaeu's 1648 atlas online: http://objects.libra...00979026&type=2

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#45198 Looking for 1:25,000 Shaded Relief TIFs

Posted by SteveR on 27 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

Hi JoeFred, nice to hear from you again.  As you mention, Seamless USGS is now much more difficult to use.  I've discovered another source that works the same way as Seamless once did:




This might seem like it's just for downloading landcover data, but you'll discover it also lets you specify the boundaries of a box to get digital elevation models, same as before.  Whoever wrote the viewer thought 1/3" meant 1/3rd inch instead of 1/3rd arcsecond.


Steve Richardson

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#47734 Terrain Texture Shader 1.3 - issue with Windows version?

Posted by desmcdougall on 19 July 2014 - 05:51 AM

Many thanks, Steve. I made the mistake of thinking that I should double-click on the texture.exe file and then it would launch into the Windows command prompt. I've clearly not read the instructions closely enough!


Thanks again for taking the time to reply.


I'll get around to uploading some examples of my attempts at using this in due course, but it's likely to be a few months before I do so.

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