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Practical Cartography Day [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 17

9:00am EDT

Practical Cartography Day - Early Morning Session
Be a Cartography Expert in Three Easy Steps
Kate Leroux, Amazon
1. Attend the NACIS conference.  2. Follow Kate's tips and guidelines on what to record about the conference while you're here.  3. Dazzle your local colleagues and geo community with a presentation about the highlights of the conference. We all know NACIS is overflowing with fascinating cartographic content. You can show off presenters' research, creativity, and eye-catching maps to raise your own profile back home, while promoting NACIS and the cartographers whose work you highlight. Kate will equip you to be a cartography maven by sharing what she’s learned from three years of giving presentations about the NACIS conference.

The Automated Map Taxonomy Chart: A Map Maker's Companion
Nathaniel Slaughter, Mapbox
Historically, cartographers have abstracted map features from geographic relationships because it is difficult to to plan, design and convey cartographic details within the visual complexity of the map itself.
We have developed a tool, an interactive "taxonomy chart," that allows the designer to isolate map elements and assists in the planning, design and documentation phases of a project. It lays out, in chart form, all map elements at all zoom levels, and can sync with any style.json file, accessible in Mapbox Studio. Proposed is a presentation of this tool, how it works and our plans for further development.

WebGL Basics (3D in the Browser!) for Cartographers
James Miller, FlashMapper LLC
Ever wanted to create 3D for the web? Here are the basics, including creating a scene, objects, lighting, camera, and adding interactive controls. Walkthrough involves making a globe orbiting the sun and importing a 3D terrain. Includes tips for mobile, responsive design, and accessibility.

Commanding Cartography: Take Control of Faster, More Elegant Workflows from the Command Line
Joshua Stevens, Earth Observatory
Compelling cartography has never been easier or more abundant. We are inundated with new tools and technologies. All the while, one of the most powerful assets in the cartographer's arsenal is being overlooked: the command line. Using keystrokes to create maps might sound like a task of yesteryear, but I am here to tell you it is a wormhole to the future. Whether you design maps for national parks or newsrooms, the terminal will enable you to supercharge your workflows with speed and elegance. This talk will introduce some old tricks and new tools for designers on any deadline.

Mapping the Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Steep, Deep, and Narrow, a Cartographic Journey
Joe Milbrath, National Park Service
Steep, deep, and narrow. Three words that describe the beauty and awe of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. They're also words that can cause cartographic nightmares. This presentation will focus on four maps that highlight the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park in the latest Unigrid brochure. I'll describe the workflow and techniques used to create a natural color planimetric orientation park map, a 3D oblique inset map of the canyon's rim trails, a vector wilderness map, and a regional 3D map illustrating the hydrography of the Gunnison River.

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Leo Dillon

NACIS President, U.S. State Department

Elaine Guidero

U.S. Geological Survey

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Kate Leroux

Cartographer, Amazon
Kate Leroux spent almost 15 years in the Seattle software industry, filling a wide range of roles including graphic design, business analysis, coding, testing, and system administration. This disparate skillset finally came together when she switched to cartography five years ago... Read More →

Joe Milbrath

US National Park Service
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James Miller

FlashMapper LLC
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Joshua Stevens

NASA Earth Observatory

Wednesday October 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
Hampton IV

10:45am EDT

Practical Cartography Day - Late Morning Session
Mixing Hand Drawn and Digital in ArcGIS Pro
Heather Smith, Esri
You love the textures and variability of handmade maps, but you're also not keen on giving up the ease of automatic labeling or projection on the fly. Learn how to get the best of both worlds by bringing hand drawn elements into ArcGIS Pro, or using it to plan and prepare before picking up the paintbrush.

Practical Guide to Map Editing
David Lambert, National Geographic Partners
Co-presenter: Scott Zillmer, National Geographic Partners
National Geographic has published maps for decades using various tools and software applications. With more than one thousand unique maps in our print-production pipeline, learn how we are utilizing MAPublisher within Adobe Illustrator to streamline the cartographic editing and production processes.

Aspect Aware Contours
John Nelson, Esri
Vintage maps do a sizzling hot job of adding a dimension of hillshade to their contours. Aspect-aware contours (contour line segments that know which direction they are facing) give us a much better perception of up-down-iness while at the same time conjuring an integrated hillshade effect. Cool looking and practical? Yes please. Some eyewatering examples from the distant past have shamed me into cobbling together a pretty simple code-free workflow for creating aspect-aware contours, using only a digital elevation model. I’ll show you how, and share some resources for making them look all sorts of retro and weird.

Cartograms. Run for Your Lives!
Kenneth Field, Esri
Cartograms aren't everyone's cup of tea. But I'm English and tea is what we're good at. Here, I introduce a side-project where we've built a set of tools to allow you to create different types of cartogram in ArcGIS Pro. The ability to make cartograms in ArcGIS has been a huge user request (well, me and a few others) and this set of tools will provide support to make roundy, squarey, griddy, squidgy-shaped maps out of your statistical data. Some of them may even persuade the one or two non-believers that cartograms have some cartographic value.

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Leo Dillon

NACIS President, U.S. State Department

Elaine Guidero

U.S. Geological Survey

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Kenneth Field

Professional cartonerd, Esri Inc
Cartonerd. Ex-academic. Teaches. Talks. Makes. Presents. Publishes. Blogs. Tweets. Journals. Book (Cartography.). MOOC. Kitchen tiles. Snowboards. Drums. Beer. Nottingham Forest. Has a life too.

David Lambert

National Geographic Partners; NPS Volunteer
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John Nelson

cartographer, Esri
I make maps and work on things to help other people make maps then I talk and write about those things.
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Heather Smith

Product Engineer with Learn ArcGIS, Esri
I am an artist and a cartographer who mixes both practices to express and understand landscapes. I live in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and work for Esri, where I write and edit lessons for Learn ArcGIS site.https://learn.arcgis.com/en/http://www.heathergabrielsmith.ca/

Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Hampton IV

12:00pm EDT

Practical Cartography Day - Luncheon
Wednesday October 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Hampton V

1:30pm EDT

Practical Cartography Day - Early Afternoon Session
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

NACIS President, U.S. State Department

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, Red Giant Maps

Gene Thorp

U.S Department of State

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

3:30pm EDT

Practical Cartography Day - Late Afternoon Session
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

NACIS President, U.S. State Department

Elaine Guidero

U.S. Geological Survey


Nathaniel Douglass

Humboldt State University

Jim Eynard

US National Park Service
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Kate Leroux

Cartographer, Amazon
Kate Leroux spent almost 15 years in the Seattle software industry, filling a wide range of roles including graphic design, business analysis, coding, testing, and system administration. This disparate skillset finally came together when she switched to cartography five years ago... Read More →

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