My son, Juneau, loves that I make maps. And he has lots of suggestions for maps that ought to be made. Most of them are great ideas—so great, actually, that they have been done a thousand times (a map of where people have more or less money, a map of people’s religions, a map showing … Continue reading Juneau’s Age Map. And Stuff.
Here is a 10-minute talk I gave about the making of the absurdly tall Appalachian Trail journal map. Check out all the outstanding map nerd talks here. Continue reading NACIS 2019 Presentation: Why-Do & How-To for a fun map
This list comes from my distant past as a UX designer but I just happened across it and think it bears a bounce. Here it is, largely as it appeared nine years ago. I think these fails still hold up…unfortunately. … Every interface has an energy budget –there is no way around that. Some interfaces … Continue reading 5 UX Fails
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
Here are some maps in a projection that shows the world’s oceans as a single body of water. Read how this projection came about here. Happy Mapping! John Continue reading Spilhaus
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
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