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The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.
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Thursday, October 20 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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The Rise and Fall of a Worldian Language: Amenity Icons from ISOTYPE to OpenStreetMap
Will Payne, UC Berkeley
Episodes of standardization and divergence in the icons used by cartographers and designers over time help illuminate the broader political economy of mapping, tourism, navigation, and the contemporary geoweb. In this talk, I trace the development of the familiar "fork and knife," "cocktail glass," and "coffee cup" symbols to socialist designers in interwar Vienna who created the ISOTYPE system of pictorial statistics, through the 1960s standardization of pictograms for global travel, sports, and conventions (Buckminster Fuller hailed these symbols as a "worldian language"), up to the present day. Open-source and proprietary geoweb applications extend these conventions in different ways, reflecting the interests of developers and users: for example, sponsored corporate logos in Waze and alternate bar icons in OpenStreetMap (adding British pint glasses and German steins). Ironically, a form of visual communication intended to unite a global working class has ended up facilitating economic integration and consumption by global elites.
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Implementing Clean, Consistent Cartography at a University-Wide Scale
Micaella Penning, University of Minnesota Duluth
Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota Duluth
The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) has recently taken over from Facilities Management the task of designing and managing campus maps at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The new, navigational wall maps are a long-overdue update to the previous black & white CAD drawings, and through their new design seek to ease navigation for students and increase the sense of campus incorporation into the surrounding community. Challenges have included creating new workflows for units who have previously managed their data outside of a GIS to using integrated data in a central GIS repository. GAC has also been updating campus parking maps, as well as creating specific-use maps such as outdoor assembly spaces and gender inclusive restrooms. It has become GAC's mission to be the central core for spatial data, mapping, and cartography at UMD, with the goal of clean, consistent output that will create greater cartographic congruency across campus.
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Designing an atlas with a minimalist aesthetic
Travis White, University of Kansas
This project was born of a conversation about how stripped down a map design can become before the mapped features are unrecognizable and the design no longer retains any aesthetic or functional elegance. Heady stuff, but relevant to a series of river maps I wanted to design. I started with two beautiful works of inspiration (Darton and Gardner's 1823 Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Lengths of the Principal Rivers and Joost Grooten's 2005 Metropolitan World Atlas) and the minimalist design aesthetic found in the De Stijl movement, the Bauhaus school, and the International Style (over-simply put, less is more and form follows function). This presentation shares my process of conceiving and developing this river atlas, the final design solutions I arrived at, and early attempts at both print and digital production.
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Firefly Cartography
John Nelson, Esri
We cartographers swim in points, lines, and polygons. But their absolute and abrupt geometry seldom matches the uncertainty of our data, and the dissipating nature of the phenomenon it represents. What's more, our basemaps often compete for visual prominence with that thematic data, and we might miss out on a great opportunity to inject a sense of scale and urgency. This is why I love firefly cartography! Join me as I attempt to rationalize this aesthetic style, provide a step-by-step demonstration of the creative process, and link to resources for map makers to geek out on it themselves.

UConn Women's Basketball: A Sports Cartography Infographic - 10 Minute Talk
David Glassett, Peaceful Valley Maps
As the UConn women's basketball team cruised to their fourth consecutive national championship, I embarked on a personal quest to map their recent dominance. In the last four years and a 151-5 record, they defeated 64 teams from 27 states and the District of Columbia. But how should I map that? Follow my journey of sports mapping with its ups and downs of data collection, projection selection, data display, and infographic design. See the final map at http://goo.gl/zAHC5E.
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Nat Case

Co-owner, INCase, LLC
I'm a cartographer and publication designer and I like to talk about the ontology of maps, and their design.


David Glassett

Peaceful Valley Maps
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John Nelson

Cartography and UX Design, Esri
I make maps and work on things to help other people make maps then I talk and write about those things.
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Will Payne

PhD Student, University of California, Berkeley
Urban geography, gentrification, tourist maps & guidebooks, location-based services, data visualization, digital humanities, critical GIS, etc.

Micaella Penning

University of Minnesota Duluth

Thursday October 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
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