Tag Archives: cartography

Ben Flanagan

Interview with Esri’s Ben Flanagan

Ever wonder who makes those maps you see in the newspaper? Ben has made maps for the Telegraph, the Guardian, and BBC News, and best of all (to me) he’s from the UK! Ben is like a ninja—not many people know about him but those that do are avid fans of his work. It was...

Creating Album Covers with GIS—or Drawing Elevation as Vector Lines

In July 2014, a developer and neocartographer from Scotland created the “Joy Divionesque 3D Map.” This began a four-year onslaught of maps that replicate the style of the iconic Joy Division album cover, “Unknown Pleasures.” How does it work? Essentially the elevation is taken from an underlying terrain or digital surface map as points, which...

My First Trip to the Esri UC

No matter what flavor of GIS you roll, there is no ignoring the annual Esri user conference in San Diego. The highlight is the opening plenary session which is always given by the (co) founder of Esri, none other than Jack Dangermond.  To discuss this fully, we have to start at the beginning, which was...

Alison DeGraff Ollivierre

Alison DeGraff Ollivierre

Cartographer, National Geographic Maps Colorado, USA With interests in participatory mapping, outdoor recreation and travel cartography, small-island developing states, climate change, spatial planning, and conservation, Aly Ollivierre spreads her work as a cartographer widely and generously. She’s a cartographer at National Geographic Maps, a freelancer doing cartography/GIS work at Tombolo Maps & Design, and a...

Kevin Sheehan

Back to the Future

An Interview with the hand-drawn map creator, Kevin Sheehan There isn’t much you can’t do with digital media nowadays, from effective maps using shadows and drop effects to using graphic-design packages to make the map “pop”—except for one thing—capturing that hand-drawn style, the way that the pen line moves in and out from the pressure...