Multivariate Maps

A while back I wrote an uncharacteristically formal thing for the “GIS&T Body of Knowledge” about multivariate maps. You can find it here. Expanding on that, here are a series of videos that describe, with more visual examples, what they are and how to make them. Part 1What the deuce are they? Why would you … Continue reading Multivariate Maps

Turn Your Neighborhood into a Cinematic Command Center Hexagon Map…Because.

These days, every Friday night my family piles in front of the tv and we watch WandaVision. The weirdest show we’ve ever seen. And it just keeps getting cooler. And cooler. Most of the fun is in trying to decipher all the encoded clues and just nerd out with YouTubers who comb through each episode … Continue reading Turn Your Neighborhood into a Cinematic Command Center Hexagon Map…Because.

How to Make one of those Cool 3D Vintage Topo Maps in ArcGIS Pro

Here is a luscious topographic quadrangle of the Adirondacks printed in 1902 (surveyed in 1892!): And here it is with some hillshading blended into it… What’s going on here?! This is one of those things where you take an achingly beautiful vintage topo or geology map and then brew some modern 3D hillshade into it to make … Continue reading How to Make one of those Cool 3D Vintage Topo Maps in ArcGIS Pro

Make this Cassini Globe Ornament Please

It’s that time of year (as it was last year and the year before) when geographers cozy up to zoom chats with spatially-minded friends, replete with our finest topographically-themed virtual backgrounds, our Lego assemblages meticulously arranged within view, and only our most coveted geography tomes visible on the bookshelf (plus a handful outsider works like the Farside Gallery or knitting … Continue reading Make this Cassini Globe Ornament Please

Imhof-ish Cartography: Everywhere Can Look Like Switzerland

Remember when you were a mid-century master of terrain mapping? When you imagined the play of light on a topographic surface and sketched in shadows with your graphite stick and layered your photographic plates to generate one renowned cartographic wonder after another by day, then dabbled in paints and washes exploring the luxurious interplay of colors … Continue reading Imhof-ish Cartography: Everywhere Can Look Like Switzerland