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Hello,

 

I'm a GIS Analyst/Developer (heavy on the developer side) in Arkansas. Like a lot of GIS professionals I got into the field because I love maps.  Unfortunately, I've made a lot of ugly maps. A few years ago I came to the realization that my maps suck. I decided to work on this and I've gotten better over the years, but I still need improvement. Most of my colleagues that I interact in with from other agencies aren't any better. Ugly maps seem to be rampant around me.  That's why I'm here.  I need a place to have my work critiqued so I may improve. 

 

I've been working on a basemap for one of my web apps. I should be posting some examples of this to the Map Gallery forum for some suggestions/critiques.  

 

I also have some fun maps (outside of work) I'm working on for practice.

 

Thanks

 



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Welcome DogwoodGeo! Bad maps abound, but not to worry, it's never too late to pick up some very basic skills and best practices that can help. I'd start by looking at the excellent text "Making Maps" (Krygier and Wood). I think it's about the best for simple to digest but really on point design help for GIS map makers. Good luck and please post your work for more help.


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I'd start by looking at the excellent text "Making Maps" (Krygier and Wood).


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All of us who began in GIS have probably made some really poor maps! Especially because GIS software (specifically Arc) hasn't made good cartography easy to achieve. 

 

It's good to see developer/analyst folks digging into cartography, I think those two worlds are colliding more now, especially with web maps and applications becoming a normal cartographic product. 







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