Aspect-Aware Contours

This week I’ll be rocketing down to the NACIS 2018 conference, which is one of my favorite weeks of the year. In a Practical Cartography Day whirlwind session I’ll talk about a code-free workflow to make contours know which direction they are facing (illuminated contours, Tanaka contours, etc.), so they give a better sense of … Continue reading Aspect-Aware Contours


I’m excited to make my first trip to Scotland to speak at the Esri UK’s Scottish Conference. Shortly after I’ll be winding down to London to chat with fellow map nerds in a less formal venue. If you are in that area, and are inclined, I’ll see you there! Both events are free, by the … Continue reading Scotland

New Amsterdam Style

On a recent trip to the Netherlands I had some chats about reviving a vintage style of Dutch waterway navigation and planning printed maps for use with current, digital, data. The inspiration came from Dirkzwager’s Guide, a book of local waterway maps. Turns out the Dutch are really interested in waterway planning and the modifiable … Continue reading New Amsterdam Style

LOTR Americas

Here is a map made using a new extended version of the My Precious style (direct link to the style description). It shows the World Wildlife Fund’s terrestrial biomes and labels from the Living Atlas World Landforms. Lakes and rivers come from Project Linework. The font is Aniron by Pete Klassen. Happy Mapping! John Continue reading LOTR Americas