Just wanted to introduce myself to Cartotalk Forums. I am a geographer with 20 years in the GIS industry in BC, having worked mostly with ArcGIS, ER Mapper and a few landscape animation packages. For a long time I have wanted to switch gears from an analytical, pump out the operational maps, to more of a creative cartographic product. To that end I have purchased Illustrator and MAPublisher and am 90% happy with what I see so far. Hopefully when I figure out more of the tricks to Illustrator I will be 100% happy!
I look forward to feedback from the forums and helping out where I am able.