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Hi all!

 

Newbie here to make his first post.

 

I'm new to professional cartography and looking forward to engaging here to learn more. I studied geography at a liberal arts school in the Eastern US, but my GIS training was minimal and focuses on research and analysis. 

 

I started working for a small conservation non-profit last year and my minimal training has made me the de facto resident cartographer. I'm a little over my head, but learning fast. I really wish that the hard skills of database management and aesthetic cartography were covered in my undergraduate degree. For now, as I'm called on from throughout the organization to design maps of stream restoration, trail construction, public land conservation and for various publications, I'm struggling to develop a consistent and professional look.

 

I am pretty proud of one recent accomplishment though: a fifteen foot wide by seven foot high banner map that will be the centerpiece of the organization's biggest event of the year. Lots of time with Bezier curves to produce some decent looking annotation. Check out a sample of the finished product attached.

 

 

Yours in the out of doors,

Ben

 

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Hi Ben.  Good looking map from what I can see. You should post the digital file as well, scaled down of course.

 

Yours is a common story, just beware of becoming the de facto "design" guy. If the firm begins to equate your cartographic skills with general design skills you'll be making every flyer and poster for every event or marketing campaign in short order.

 

This is a great place for advice and inspiration. If your looking for a good text to help fill in the cartographic design end of things I'd recommend "Making Maps" By Krygier and Wood.

 

Welcome!

David


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Hi David,

 

Good warning. I'll keep my forays into Adobe Illustrator on the down low. 

 

Yes, I'm definitely planning on making good use of the Map Gallery. At this stage some knowledgable feedback would be extremely useful.

 

 

Thanks!







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