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Well I do like the firefly technique. It looks sort of intriguing, the glow fades away with distance, just like real life phenomena, and it gets people excited about trying it out on their own.
I wanted to be a footballer, then an astronaut, then a California highway Patrolman...and all from my middle England city! I was good at geography, and reasonably good at art. I simply followed a path that led me into a bachelors course in cartography and then a career. I love that I do a job I love. If you're interested, i wrote up a brief history of how I landed where i landed http://cartonerd.blogspot.com/2013/06/cartographic-identity-disorder.html
Fondest cartographic memory:
Making a map that people physically engaged with...leant in, touched, searched, found a connection with.
I have hundreds because there are so many different genres and each has many magnificent examples to choose from...but Beck's London Underground nudges as my favourite. the original. not the abomination that Transport for London have turned it into.
Most proud of.
I am proud of the book that's about to be published. I've been thinking about it for around 15 years. I'm proud to call many great cartographers friends. I also tend to be proud of the last map I made...a process that means you're always searching for something better, to learn new techniques and to make new and interesting maps. i'm also pretty proud of this MOOC. I recall taking the idea to David DiBiase and saying I think it'd be popular. I didn't imagine it'd attract 35,000 people!
I got my start in Cartography because I was researching the Canadian Inuit, and the ways that they traditionally understood their land in an oral-only tradition. This meant they relied heavily on ephemeral mapping. As I continued this work, it made me curious about how all maps are made. After I finished my degree I went to a technical college to learn both manual and digital cartography.
My fondest cartographic memory is having the opportunity to work with David Rumsey and immerse myself for months in his physical map collection. I’m most proud of the book that David Rumsey and I wrote together from that work.
1. I started as a business major (yuck) and found Geography as a major. I loved it an never looked back. I especially like the mix of cartography and computer science that my job allows
2. Since my job is mostly software related, I'm most proud of ArcGIS Pro and being involved in it since the beginning.
3. San Serriffe
4. I take pride in shipping cartographic software and helping our users make better maps with our software.
Thanks for including the AMA as part of the MOOC-Cartography.
My work involves creating maps for African countries e.g. Nigeria and Ghana. It is always challenging to create good maps that actually represent these countries due to insufficient data and base map in ArcGIS. Are there any resources that I could access that will make my work easier. For example, if I want to create a reference map of place called Elekuru in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria showing the locations of vegetable farmers in the area. Thanks.