A subject that required a lot of contemplation of previous experiences in the field, offering a service to the public & getting nothing in return for the labour. Life is a struggle to achieve the desirable results that is intended for the experience, afterall we are here to learn, grow and contribute to the whole. It was as yesterday upon reflection that the choice to exit out of the field was made consciously after failure lead to failure, and what has it done for me? Chronic unemployment! Why? The chronic critical inner parent got the best of me saying, "you can not do this." Realization with faith, fact finding, and searching deep within led me to new cosmic understanding of the contribution and talents capable within from within that while entities present blocks, there is always a way around them, find the path, stay the course, and know you can do it.
To ask if there is a future for custom cartography? Why are you asking that question when we know the answer is yes, a dry period, yes, and as a whole, yes, though it is a good product in terms of gathering information, if of course you have the knowledge and have the required research ability to disseminate through the fallacy presented unintentional or intentional, either, or, on all of the free map servers. Yet there is a quality that is missing in the modern field of Geographics, a lack of understanding that a left consciousness can not perfect a product of information that is visually pleasing, nor can it disseminate information to the general public to make it meaningful, and understandable to the general whole. Cartography for the most part is a percept where most of our projects are created by data, GIS, imagery taken from observations, and satellite imagery; the amateur, and GIS professional with no map interpretation does not have the skill to interpret features correctly or the research skills to make the maps readable.
Never the less free products that have what many of us call cool functionality cannot logically take over the cartographic industry without a general consensus that is largely ignorant of the reality that is technology can only give some much information, yet is it correct? Is it readable? Do I understand it? Oh I can make my amateur maps, follow directions, go to the theme park, and end up driving off a cliff instead. Cartographers in the traditional sense have broader minds then programmers, pure GIS programmers, web developers, etc. This is due to the fact that we have the ability to be both creative, innovative, and partially to a point the light side of engineering.
It is duly noted that while we have these skills of abilities from within ourselves, there is a lack of knowledge of our true abilities to provide a service for the betterment of the creation that is us and all of life on this planet due to the reality we have not been getting all of the information that we are capable of learning. Cartography is a sacred art and a science in combination that brings good to humankind, a force that is of a service to others that is widely and ignorantly not understood by the general public because they gravel to a form that has no conscious, it is nothing but matter, and has more right in the eyes of the many because they provide jobs, and opportunities for the next materialistic gain.
Why are we not getting Trivium? Or Quadrivium? Why are cartographers being reduced? Why is it that techies think they know more because they can program a language, and produce a machine. Do they even see the beauty in the art, the vision, other then a piece of machinery that makes our lives easier so that there is less doing and learning, therefore not reaching our potential. Shutting down creative drive in all aspects of life, limiting our education, and simplifying our capability to reach cosmic infinity. To say the least in knowledge and understanding cartography has limitless potential, while Google, Microsoft, etc. is very limited in theirs.