I am new here at CartoTalk and want to introduce myself.
I have studied cartography in Germany and got my diploma in the year 2000 (for my diploma I created a map/book called: Scotland - for Mountaineers and Hikers. It was a combinatin of a small scale map of Scotland that pointed to outdoor spots that had been explained in a separate booklet).
I worked in this business for a period of 2 years (first as an engineer in a small company and later for a big publishing house).
Btw, at that time we used to work with FreeHand, Nuage, Rascon and a little bit with MapInfo.
After these two years I decided to work in a different area and since 2002 I work in the IT-area.
But my love for cartography has never ended, I always like it to be outdoors/in the mountains and to handle with maps.
Recently I was asked by my running team to create a small map that visualizes our local 10km-competition.
The last days I worked on this small project and I enjoyed it very much, realizing how much I miss it to create and design maps.
So I decided to continue to create maps in my spare time. My project now is to make a map of my home region, scale 1:25000 (showing the trails for runners and also bikers in the forests).
I found CartoTalk a very interesting and useful source of information, and I am impressed how helpful all the "power"-users are. So thank you for giving me an account in this forum :-)