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Practical Cartography Day - Late Afternoon Session

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Customizing Esri Vector Basemaps—Quickly and Easily!
Aileen Buckley, Esri
With a new and easy-to-use editor, you can now tailor any of the Esri vector basemaps to match your brand or support the look of your maps. The ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor allows you to create, edit, and save your own styles with your choice of colors, patterns, labels, and visibility for all layers in the basemap. Your new style is saved in ArcGIS Online and can be used to display your custom basemap in the Map Viewer or any other web apps, such as the Esri Story Maps.

Imprimatur: Printing Maps in Today's Digital World
Kate Leroux and Bruce Daniel, Amazon
In a time when everything seems digital, printed maps retain distinct benefits like size, context, ability to annotate, and longevity. If you want to print a map, what do you need to know about printing terminology and methods? How much will it cost? What should you expect when working with a print company? How can you prepare your files to avoid costly corrections? Ultimately, how do you ensure that your map shines even more on paper than it does on the screen? We answer these questions and provide a detailed, practical look into map printing, supplemented with printed examples.

Creating 2.5D/Pseudo-3D/Axonometric Buildings for Large Scale Map
Jim Eynard, National Park Service
The inclusion of axonometric buildings, rather than 3D perspective buildings, on a large scale map can be an effective way to call out features relevant to the map reader and can be easily created and placed on a georeferenced planimetric map. I will show several examples and demonstrate how to create these buildings manually in Adobe Illustrator using building footprints as well as how to utilize existing 3D models and software such as SketchUp to create these pseudo-3D buildings.

Data-driven Styling in Mapbox Studio: What's New?
Dana Sulit, Mapbox
Mapbox Studio is a design tool that lets anyone instantly style map data down to street level for the whole world. In the last year, the Studio team has introduced new ways to create more dynamic, responsive styles, using zoom and data to control style in a more precise, flexible way. New interpolation modes, mathematical operators, and conditional logic are just some of the brand new styling features in Studio. In this presentation, we'll discuss what's new in Studio, why data-driven styling is important, and demonstrate how to use Studio's new features to their full potential.

Mapping the Sierra Nevada Range: Snow Cover Winter 2017
Nathaniel Douglass, Humboldt State University
The early months of 2017 marked the highest snow cover levels for the Sierra Nevada Range in more than a decade. Nathaniel is a Humboldt State University graduate, with a bachelors in Geography and was awarded best Cartographic Design at NACIS 2017 for his map “Sierra Nevada Snow Cover 2017”. In this talk, Nathaniel discusses both his techniques as well as the countless hours spent labeling (what seems like) an infinite number of peaks. His map portrays the dramatic increase in snow cover during this period while only attempting to portray the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

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Leo Dillon


Elaine Guidero

U.S. Geological Survey


Nathaniel Douglass

Humboldt State University

Jim Eynard

National Park Service
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Kate Leroux

Cartographer, Stamen Design
Kate Leroux is a cartographer who specializes in vector tile basemaps. Previously at the City of Seattle and Amazon, she is now a Senior Cartographer at Stamen Design as well as a NACIS Board Member at Large.Kate is a lifelong traveler, but has lived in (and loved) the Puget Sound... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
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