Google’s My Maps is an easy and free portal to seeing your spreadsheet data in an online map. While there are more involved ways of accomplishing this, including linking an online version of your spreadsheet data “live” to Google Maps, let’s explore the simplest way of mapping your Excel data.[Read more…]
Avenza MAPublisher with LabelPro is the fastest way of labeling a lot of highways on a map.
On a recent project featuring a poster-sized map for Right of Way Management, I needed to add 1150 highway labels. Not looking forward to manually adding symbols and numbers, I turned to MAPublisher’s LabelPro to save a ton of time and an equal measure of sanity.
An expanding marketplace of mobile photography apps brings the smartphone and tablet into the world of art photography tools. But can these apps also help you make a visual statement with your map images?
One popular app is Tangled FX, available for iOS devices. Created by Orange Qube (http://www.orangeqube.com), Tangled FX features nine effects ranging from sharpening and smudging to hue and gamma control. Using TangledFX helps smooth details and generalize the forms of a complex terrain.
Çiğdem Menteşoğlu, an artist who has journeyed from Istanbul to Europe and now lives and works in Newcastle, England, is on the move. She feels like a nomad, even when working in her studio. The process of moving is a process of navigating uncertainty in an unstable world, and of changing consciousness about places along the way.
Employing traditional media like oil paint and ink, Çiğdem’s experience of place imbues her creative process with emotion and maps. “My work is based on personal history; every work has its own story exploring the notion of boundaries, both physical and emotional.”
Themes in Çiğdem’s paintings emerge from psychology (both sensation and perception) and philosophy (aesthetics) which underpin the visual mystery and power of memory’s associative realm.
WordPress is the most popular CMS for building websites. According to one source, 50% of websites built from a CMS are built with WordPress.
When WordPress websites display maps, they often present a standard Google map. These are effective but commonplace, and they may show information that’s unneeded or even counter-productive.
Enter Adobe Illustrator and Avenza’s MAP Web Author.
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Illustrator CC continues Adobe’s trend of making tools and effects “live.” Corners of rectangles made with the Rectangle tool are live, with icons that let you round, invert, or angle (chamfer) corners after you’ve drawn the rectangle.
For cartographers, complex symbols can be made more quickly with Live Corners.
I’m a fan of the NBC television show Parks and Recreation. I’m also a fan of park maps because they try to graphically synthesize fun stuff, like playgrounds and softball fields.
Park maps are a microcosm of illustrative techniques. They can push Adobe Illustrator and a computer’s CPU and GPU to the redline.
In this map of a sports complex, we used gradient mesh, transparency, and a patterned fill to soften the hard edges and uniform color fills of Illustrator shapes. Our goal was to precisely map features like soccer fields, portray them in recognizable forms, and keep the illustration visually alive and interesting.
A common request of mapmakers is to show radius rings in various distance increments.
Combining Google Maps with radius rings can give a client a quick look at how much area, or what cities, will be included within the rings. You can quickly produce a radius rings map image at http://www.acscdg.com.
In the life of a busy cartographer, Google Earth is as handy as the pipe wrench my plumber brings to our frequent get-togethers.
Google Earth is an effective environment to map points-of-interest or to fine-tune the positions of points you export from Adobe Illustrator via Avenza MAPublisher.
But here’s a surprise: when importing a Google Earth .kml/.kmz file into Illustrator, Google’s playful icons enter your map file as editable icons. Here’s what you can do to them.
With its vector and raster tools, Adobe Illustrator is the graphic designer’s Swiss Army knife.
Recently, I created an image showcasing some of my logos for my homepage slideshow. Because the slide was sitting on a white page, I wanted to give it some color to make it stand out from the surrounding page. While a solid, pastel background would have worked, I wanted something a little more dynamic and a lot more organic. To convey the idea of designing logos, I thought about a sheet of graph paper as a background to the logos.
Illustrator CC’s June 2013 edition brings several enhancements to the software that can make your maps more creative. The new Touch Type tool lets you turn a plain map title into a stylistically unique image.
The Touch Type tool lets you edit the size, position, and angle of individual letters in a word while keeping the type editable. An update to the The Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book includes a detailed a step-by-step tutorial about using the Touch Type tool. But while you’re here, here’s a quick teaser.