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You know I’ve been putzing around here for a few years now and probably never posted an introduction, so here it is!

Hi, all. I am a recently “released” digital cartographer from CSAA (AAA of N. CA). I have been at this for almost 10 years now, primarily doing street map work. After our department closed this summer, I decided to go back to school and get a GIS certificate (a 1 year curriculum, not a quick and dirty 1 day class.). I’m hoping to connect my map design and illustration skills with more tech based GIS skills since that seems to be where the demand is right now.

I have somehow also managed to morph into a freelancer. After years of side work doing wedding maps and similar while on company payroll, I now have an actual contract job working for a local environmental non-profit. It’s because of that work that I have come back to CartoTalk and started to really look around and ask questions.

My freelance site that I am just now getting put together, here.

Thanks,
Dave

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Hi Dave, nice to meet you! I can surely say that I wouldn't be where I am today (typing a msg on Cartotalk blog) if it weren't for Cartotalk. :lol:
Lots of learn and share here.

I practice the 80-20 rule now, 80% GIS billing and 20% carto fun work, to achieve my financial goals. The other option was to publish guides, maps, affiliate etc., which is not attractive to me.
Do you have examples of your GIS experience?

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Dave was always known to be a rather vocal poster on our company intranet site. I'm sure that CartoTalk will benefit by his opportunity to use this as an outlet for his news and views.

Great to hear that things are going OK for you at this time Dave. We all look forward to hearing from you.
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Hi Dave, nice to meet you! I can surely say that I wouldn't be where I am today (typing a msg on Cartotalk blog) if it weren't for Cartotalk. :lol:
Lots of learn and share here.

I practice the 80-20 rule now, 80% GIS billing and 20% carto fun work, to achieve my financial goals. The other option was to publish guides, maps, affiliate etc., which is not attractive to me.
Do you have examples of your GIS experience?

-Chris


Hey Chris. I should have been more specific, I am currently in the GIS program and won’t be done until next spring (21 unit course of stuffy).

My current GIS experience consists primarily of using MAPublsiher to import shapefiles into Illy. Some manipulation, but mostly just getting geo-referenced data into a graphic environment. Prior to that (way prior) I did some work in Arc Info re-aligning line work to air photos.

The map details linked here (from my new website) would be the most representative of my use of a GIS to do work with Illustrator: Kokee SP & Tomales Bay

Right now I am doing similar work bringing GIS data into Ill for watershed mapping. It will be my real test as far as using GIS and Ill together to make publication ready maps. As I move through my list of projects for them I'll be posting them up in the map gallery for feedback.

dave

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Dave was always known to be a rather vocal poster on our company intranet site. I'm sure that CartoTalk will benefit by his opportunity to use this as an outlet for his news and views.

Great to hear that things are going OK for you at this time Dave. We all look forward to hearing from you.



Ahh, I was wondering when you would blow my cover. I think the correct term for me is Polemicist (per Mr. Padova :D ). I can’t tell you how much nicer I am now that I work from home, must be the clean living :blink: .

Things are going great, a little more work wouldn’t hurt, but hey. Hope you guys aren’t too stressed up there. Keep plugging away.

dave

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mapmedia, 80% gis billing and 20% map fun - how about sales/marketing and administration? and training?
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mapmedia, 80% gis billing and 20% map fun - how about sales/marketing and administration? and training?


That's my breakdown for billable time, not working time. Always include sometime each day or week for marketing (never stop), and minimize admin. (use Freshbooks, etc.) or hire an accountant.
A friend of mine sometimes spends 70% of time marketing: conferences, etc. (yep, unpaid).




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