Paper Cut Maps

Some time ago I made a map of the Great Lakes in the style of the little paper craft maps I’d see in the gift shops of every beach community. And I described the arduous process of creating it for yourself. But why do hard things when you can do the same thing easily? Here is a style for ArcGIS … Continue reading Paper Cut Maps

Bear Island

In February of 2001, Danielle and I were driving through the chain of bridges connecting the Florida Key islands, tossing around possible baby names for our unborn boy. Danielle was thumbing through a fat book of baby name ideas; I’d asked her to read through some of the nordic names. She hit upon Bjorn, and … Continue reading Bear Island

How to Make the Felt Style

Here is a step-by-step if you are interested in how the felt is made (here’s the whole map-making-madness channel, if you are feeling brave). It covers the creation of a texture in Adobe Illustrator, using that texture image in Pro symbology, then saving and using a saved style. Also, you get to hear my nasally Midwestern … Continue reading How to Make the Felt Style

Historic Sea Ice Extents

The freezing of Arctic and Antarctic waters is a seasonal pulse of our planet. The maps below show ice extents, per month, since 1979. This map shows 40 years of sea ice extents, color-coded by month . It’s interesting to see the oscillation between the opposite seasons of the North and South Poles. As the … Continue reading Historic Sea Ice Extents