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Practical Cartography Day - Early Afternoon Session

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Transforming Priestley’s 1769 Timeline Into an Interactive Infographic
Joanna Merson, University of Oregon
In 1769, Joseph Priestley, a scientist and theologian, created what are arguably the first modern timelines. His “A New Chart of History” is a particularly influential artifact in historiography and infographic design. We are transforming it into an interactive infographic, using a data-driven process. We seek to facilitate interactive exploration of the chart, to analyze Priestley’s design in relation to modern graphic techniques, and to investigate Priestley’s geographic assumptions. This presentation describes our use of geospatial tools (arcPy) to recreate the chart by transforming a manually coded data table into JSON objects that are visualized using D3.

Type Halos: Angels or Devils
Alex Tait, National Geographic Society
Type halos are a primary method for distinguishing map labels from complex background map information. They have widespread use in print and digital mapping efforts and have become a standard tool in mapping applications. But, they are often used in clumsy ways, or universally across multiple map backgrounds, so that they become a cause of visual confusion. This presentation will show examples of type halos and other methods to distinguish labels from background map data AND it will show best practices by live demonstration of haloing, knockouts and other label enhancement methods in multiple mapping applications.

Mapping in Full Monochrome
Daniel P. Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Color is overrated. The limited bandwidth of a monochrome palette liberates us by simplifying our choices, while its constraints push us to be more clever in those choices. I love both the challenge and the simple elegance of greyscale mapping, and I wish it were a more common cartographic practice. So, let's talk about some ways to get the most out of white, black, and all the shades in between.

Creating Fantasy Maps from Real-World Data in QGIS (Orcs Not Included)
Ross Thorn, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fantasy mapping is an exciting and widely popular branch of cartography. Often among the more art savvy folks, fantasy cartographers create mountain ranges, seas, forests and cities that no one has ever seen! But what if you aren't skilled at drawing and want to create your own realistic fantasy world? In this workshop, we'll create realistic and riveting landmasses in minutes using real world data in QGIS that are ready for your own personal flair and worldbuilding creativity!

Top 5 Cartography Solutions from Support
Stephanie Mongon, CARTO
How can I visualize many overlapping points & show other attributes in one popup window? How can I create lines between sequential points? How does data-driven styling with CARTO VL compare to CartoCSS? These are just a few examples showcasing the wide range of design-related questions we get daily at CARTO Support. During this talk, see examples of how we provide cartographic solutions to our top 5 design-related questions.

How to Make Orthographic Projections with MAPublisher
Gene Thorp, U.S. Department of State
MAPublisher has gained in popularity with many cartographers because it allows them to maintain geographic relationships in Adobe Illustrator, arguably the most popular vector design program on the market. One drawback has been the perception that MAPublisher cannot create orthographic projections or 2D globes. Not so. In this presentation we will go step-by-step through the process of how to create an orthographic projection in MAPublisher that works, and can still be updated with new data.

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Leo Dillon


Elaine Guidero

U.S. Geological Survey

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Daniel P. Huffman

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Joanna Merson

University of Oregon, InfoGraphics Lab
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Alex Tait

The Geographer, National Geographic Society
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Ross Thorn

Cartographer, Stamen

Gene Thorp

U.S Department of State

Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Hampton IV