“Map Now!” - Daniel Huffman, Cartographer and Map Critic
Throughout the day, Daniel Huffman will be presenting a series of quick Illustrator tips, while doing his best to emulate a television infomercial pitchman. Do you want to make better maps? Sure, we all do, but who has the time? With his amazing new system, in just minutes you'll be feeling in the best shape making the best maps of your life! Only Map Now! can unleash the secret powers locked deep within Illustrator, maximizing your nutritional cartographic benefit. Learn all the tricks that Big Cartography doesn’t want you to know, and achieve your life goals. Find out about all this and more, throughout PCD! No purchase necessary; not available in some areas.
From Print to ePublication: National Geographic Crosses the Digital Frontier - Rosemary Daley & Maggie Smith, National Geographic
The Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage - Tanya Buckingham, Cartography Lab, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage: Biodiversity, Landscapes, Stewardship, and Opportunities was published in 2011 and subsequently received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the The Independent Book Publishers Association. This talk will cover the maps and layouts in the Notable Natural Areas section of the atlas. In this section, special emphasis was placed on individual elements of natural heritage are tied together to highlight outstanding natural places in Florida. The spreads in this section departed from the detailed, scientific presentation used elsewhere in the atlas, and evoked instead a field notebook style, where the maps were to appear as though produced by a hand-drawn, loose, pen/ink, and/or water-color medium.
Natural Scene Designer Pro 6.0 - Tom Patterson, US National Park Service
Natural Scene Designer Pro 6.0, rewritten from the ground up, is now a 64-bit application that can render 3D scenes and shaded relief maps of enormous proportions, using all available RAM in your computer. I will demonstrate the major new features, including contouring, terrain clipping, importable tree maps, bump map settings, viewshed rendering, and cast shadow rendering. Other improvements will receive less attention, such as batch DEM import, the new overlay manager, Web Mercator projection, and many interface improvements.
Choosing the Right Tool for the Job - Nate Irwin, US National Park Service
The last few years have seen an infusion of new geo-centric tools that make it easy to build powerful and cartographically-pleasing maps for the web. Unfortunately there is no single silver bullet; each of these tools has its own strengths and weaknesses and is best-suited to address a specific set of use cases and requirements. The NPMap team uses a variety of these tools (both proprietary and open source) to build and deploy web maps to National Park Service park, program, and partner websites. This presentation will give an overview of the NPMap team's toolset, and will go into the team's requirements gathering and decision-making process.
Locals and Tourists - Eric Fischer, Geek of Maps and Data Visualization
The locations of geotagged photos posted to Flickr and Picasa offer a glimpse into what areas of different cities people find particularly interesting, and the spaces between photo locations reveal additional areas that are less inherently interesting but are important corridors for travel by different modes. The “Locals and Tourists” series takes this a step further by distinguishing locations visited by people who have spent a long time in a city from those visited by newcomers, highlighting the psychological boundaries beyond which people who have only limited time to spend in the city decide not to explore further.
ArcGIS Online Web Maps - Charlie Frye, Esri
ArcGIS Online has been available for over two years. Early in 2012 it hit its stride, and the capabilities have been growing rapidly since. Web maps will be the way most of the world experiences what GIS has to offer and how well we make them, therefore, matters. This presentation will cover the basics of creating an ArcGIS web map and then the top five or so things everyone wishes they knew before they had to go to a conference to see it in a presentation.
Create Your Own Terrain Maps - Nathaniel V. Kelso and Michal Migurski, Stamen Design
Stamen has open-sourced the tools, workflow, and assumptions used to create http://maps.stamen.com/terrain/. We'll show how to combine OpenStreetMap (OSM) data with shaded relief derived from SRTM, ASTER, National Elevation Dataset (NED) and natural colors via global and US-specific land cover datasets to create, customize, and publish your own terrain maps.
Improving the workflow and effectiveness of building map icons - Patrick Hofmann, Google
In my efforts to symbolize actions, categories, and places for Google Maps, I've built an icon library that's numbering in the hundreds (actually thousands) of image files. Along with the expanding library, I’ve developed a growing checklist and streamlined workflow that has not only improved my productivity, but improved the effectiveness of the icons. Although the checklist and workflow will always be a work in progress, I'm really excited to share these tips and techniques!
The Willamette River - Daniel Coe, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Rivers are dynamic entities. They are not static, but rather living, moving, adaptable bodies. This map of the Willamette River captures the essence and scale of these statements, showing the channels and directions the river has taken over recent millennia, while inspiring a visual connection to life beyond its banks. I will discuss the events and influences that led to this image and subsequent maps and images.
Designing and Building User Interfaces and Interaction for Web Maps - Andy Woodruff, Axis Maps
User interfaces (UI) and interaction design are crucial elements of the look and experience of web maps. They furthermore represent a large portion (if not a majority) of the work required to design and build a web map. This talk will present some tips for effective design and implementation of interfaces and interaction via examples of maps built for various clients, demonstrating what worked and what didn't work. Design tips will focus on such things as layout, types of interface widgets, types of interaction, and the linking of map and interface.
Thinking in Ink: Tips to Keep Your Offset Printer from Hating You - Nat Case, Hedberg Maps
More and more, people are training and doing their early map production on systems that are forgiving of issues that used to be central to printing best practices and still are when printing on an offset press. The session will provide an outline of things to look for when printing offset, and some basic tools in Adobe Suite to help you catch and correct them, and is especially targeted to people who have largely worked on projects destined for on-screen display.
Portland Finger Plans - Ryan Sullivan, Paste in Place
Cities are large, complex systems that are composed of many different, inter-related components and, as such, are challenging to describe and represent in a single image. In this talk, I will describe the process through which I created a series of six maps of Portland juxtaposing two dramatically different scales: human hands and the urban form.
Mapping Social Media - Sarah Williams, School of Architecture and Planning–MIT
Sarah Williams will present on one of the recent projects in the Spatial Information Design Lab in which check-in data from Foursquare and Facebook was acquired through their APIs and translated that data into visualizations that show social media activity in New York, Mumbai, Tokyo, Rio, Beijing, Mexico City, and Moscow. Williams will explain how social media data can be acquired and used for mapping and research. She will focus on various visualization techniques she used to help describe this crowd-sourced data set.
Opening Reception: Poster Session & Map Gallery
The Atlas of Design is a NACIS project led by two enthusiastic volunteers, Tim Wallace and Daniel Huffman. They have created a masterpiece book that highlights the best of our discipline today. The “Atlas” takes you on a journey around the world, but highlights the work of many NACIS members right here at home. Beautifully presented, impeccably printed, and brilliantly edited, many people have worked to make this a reality.
Opening Keynote - Katy Börner, Indiana University
Katy Börner directs the Information Visualization Laboratory at Indiana University–Bloomington, curates the international exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, and authored Atlas of Science. She knows how to creatively tame complexities in data and will share her insights on accessing, understanding, and managing data visualization using collaborative and computational modalities.
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