If you might recall, I posted a “must read” article about a great cartographic map.
Well – there is a nice back-story now (thanks Kayla Folkins from Pasadena for passing this along) about how all of the posting saved this person’s business!
Still lots of interest in maps, I guess!
This is a must read for all GIS folks! It’s a quick read.
Isaac Martinez from CSS forwarded this link to me. This is one of the best articles about the art of making maps, and why good maps take a long time to make. If you use the County’s cache maps, we try to put as much thought as this into our maps, but we don’t have the 6,000 hours it takes to make a really fantastic cartographic map …
“American mapmaking’s most prestigious honor is the “Best of Show” award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions: National Geographic (three times), the Central Intelligence Agency Cartography Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau. But earlier this year, the 38th annual Best of Show award went to a map created by Imus Geographics—which is basically one dude named David Imus working in a farmhouse outside Eugene, Ore.”
Click here to see the full article.
For our County cartographers who want to get technical – this article at the ESRI Support Blog immediately caught my attention in terms of better visualization of our data. It has very detailed instructions which is always good:
Take a look and have fun!
ESRI Map Canvas
James Fee’s blog pointed me to this new release about “canvas” basemaps, which are designed specifically to improve the visualization of data on top of maps since they are very subtle. I think our maps may end up going this way as well – the samples they show are beautiful.
Click here to see ESRI blog post.
The City of Calabasas just completed an annexation into the Unincorporated County. The eGIS team has just completed updating the map caches to reflect this change.
At the same time this gave me the opportunity to make a number of other changes that reflect improved cartography.
These changes affect two map caches:
- The LACounty_StreetMap Cache
- The LACounty_Base Cache
Changes fall under the following areas:
- Added the Calabasas Annexation
- City Boundaries more accurately follow features on the water, eliminating the masking of Redondo Beach and Santa Monica Piers, and following the piers in the Port of LA/LB exactly to eliminate cartographic ghosts.
- I added the breakwaters for the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and matched the city boundaries to them for enhanced cartography.
- Fixed an issue where the ocean masked out the bridges in the Port of LA.
- Fixed an error with a street near the Santa Monica Pier that went into the ocean.
- For the Base Cache, I turned off the ocean layer which was masking the high-resolution aerial photography underneath to enhance the information shown.
- Not shown here – I updated the city boundary to eliminate an incorrect incorporated piece of LA City near the Grove. It’s not shown here, but see if you can find it!
Let me know if you have any questions/comments. I am always looking to improve the quality of the maps we produce
Nick Franchino, via John Calas, sent me an excellent link!
For you mapmakers out there, the link below is an excellent discussion of how Google is making its maps more readable – it is an excellent set of information!