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JB Krygier

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Hi Cartotalk People,

I have been lurking here for while and have to say this is a wonderful and
useful forum.

I teach cartography, GIS, and geography at Ohio Wesleyan University. I have a
long-time interest in map design, going back to working in the cartography lab
at UW Madison and with David Woodward (who taught map design at Madison until
his untimely death last year). David got me interested in map design, the
history of cartography (David and Brian Harley started and were co-editors of
the History of Cartography Project), and all kinds of social and cultural issues
related to cartography. As mapping technologies evolve (GIS, GeoVisualization,
web mapping) I find myself continually drawn to issues of design and also to
social/critical perspectives on mapping.

Nick just posted information about Cindy Brewer's new ESRI Press book "Designing
Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users." In what has to be a cartographic
coincidence unparalleled in the history of the cosmos, Denis Wood and my book
"Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS" has just been published by
Guilford Press. Two books on map design published at about a month apart - map
design is obviously a hot topic.

Despite similar goals, the two books are quite different in approach, and are
actually complementary. What is great is that there is a growing general
awareness of the need for well-designed maps in a world where maps are just
about everywhere.

I created a web site for “Making Maps” with background about the book and other
noise: (http://makingmaps.owu.edu). I also included a few maps I created back
at UW Madison - a shaded relief map done by hand (!), a map (scribed! stick-up
type!) of the flight of the Voyager airplane, and part of a campus map I created
for UC Boulder (technical pens!). I would post them to the gallery but I don’t
know if olde time manual technique maps are allowed there.

Creating “Making Maps” was a fun project, with 300+ maps and graphics, all
done in Freehand - including the book design and layout (and I did it all
myself). Denis was a great collaborator and pressed me to make the book less
academic and more creative and cheeky. Mostly, though, making the book reminded
me how much I enjoy making maps.

I look forward to future conversations...

John K.

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Welcome John (officially since we have chatted previously).

I posted an item about your book as well.

See you at NACIS?

Nick Springer

Director of Design and Web Applications: ALK Technologies Inc.
Owner: Springer Cartographics LLC


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Hi John,
Thanks for making an official appearance! It's great to have you with us. I can't wait to read your latest book. Regards. Erin



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Hi John, welcome!

I would post them to the gallery but I don’t
know if olde time manual technique maps are allowed there.


Absolutely, feel free to post them.
Hans van der Maarel - Cartotalk Editor
Red Geographics
Email: hans@redgeographics.com / Twitter: @redgeographics

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I would post them to the gallery but I don’t know if olde time manual technique maps are allowed there.

Hey John,
Please do post them. I'd like to see them too.
Andy
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John,

Welcome. And please post those maps, many of us have fond (maybe) memories of those mechanical techniques. I'm looking forward to checking out your book.
Rick Dey




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