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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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Friday, October 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rethinking the Map

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Introducing Geographical Imagination Systems
Luke Bergmann, University of Washington
Nick Lally, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Spatial theory in human geography often describes space as situated, dynamic, processual, relational, and contingent, suggesting non-Euclidean topological theories for grappling with the complexities of space. How, then, can cartography contribute to bringing these spatial imaginaries to fruition without reinscribing an understanding of space as a static, empty container waiting to be filled with points that precisely locate discrete objects within it? In this talk, we present a prototype of a Geographical Imagination System (GIS)--a web-based interface that encourages the interpretative construction, collision, and collaging of relational and absolute spaces. Our software prototyping both draws from and extends work in cartography, moving past the limits of familiar software packages, and opening up new possibilities for cartographic work and understandings of space.

The MAP-Makers Shadow: Transformation, Integrity and Anxiety
Steven R. Holloway, toMake Press
Map-makers are hiding behind the rule-books, and the cartographic-gps-gis-image machine cranks on. To step aside/outside and practice the fourth precept of 'Right MAP Making,' "deep listening through direct-contact" takes not only time & effort, but is central to the integrity of the map-maker and map-making. Integrity and transformation come through listening to our anxiety and awakening to confront the long shadow that casts itself over today's maps; 'Keep the Earth Round.'
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Fashionable Maps are Coming to Town. Beep-beep.
Kenneth Field, Esri Inc / International Cartographic Association

There's a brand new dance but I don't know its name
That people from bad homes do again and again
It's big and it's bland full of tension and fear
They do it over there but we don't do it here - David Bowie, Fashion, 1980

Cartographic style used to be that which defined a particular look and feel, perhaps that of a National Mapping Agency or news agency. Perhaps now it has more to do with individuality and the search for expression. Here, I explore cartographic style, how fashions are established and how they change. What is the equivalent of the pair of flares? What's safe? What's edgy? What should we be looking forward to for next 'season'? I introduce work the ICA Map Design Commission has begun to develop a series of style guides. These are intended to provide a modern cartographic wardrobe for the style conscious map-maker.
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Argument, Principle, and Value Judgement
Mark Denil
Most discourse on cartography draws or assumes a clear distinction between 'legitimate' and 'propaganda' maps. The former is by definition a conscientious attempt to map things fairly while the latter is characterized as a scurrilous attempt to deceive and hood-wink. However, because all maps make at least implicit claims to truth, and thus to a positive ethical stance, it is unclear how one is to judge a maps's, or mapmaker's, ethics.What, then, constitutes cartographic ethics? To wit: In what vile part of this propaganda map doth the evil lodge? Tell me, that I may sack the hateful mansion. This talk will briefly examine the issue of cartographic ethics, ethical legitimacy, and ethical practice.
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Maps by Hands: Opportunity, Techniques, & Cherubs
- 10 Minute Talk
Dylan Moriarty, Development Seed
Our workflows are, with few exceptions, entirely digital. This is fantastic for productivity, accuracy, and a million other reasons- but by building in the same tools we risk uniformity in output. There are endless ways to make something look custom, but one of the best is to simply incorporate illustrative elements- whether they be a hand drawn pattern, icon marker, or classic marginalia. While those elements will inevitably bring to mind maps of the past, I'll argue there are plenty of map makers today utilizing these techniques to great, albeit more subtle, effect. In this talk I'll go over when these sorts of embellishments are appropriate, and some techniques I've found useful for bringing handy work to the digital world. If you have hesitations based on self perceived art skills, please don't let that discourage you! There is still a lot you can do, I promise.
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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.


Luke Bergmann

University of British Columbia
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Mark Denil

sui generis
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Kenneth Field

Cartonerd. Ex-academic. Teaches. Talks. Makes. Presents. Publishes. Blogs. Tweets. Journals. Book 1 (Cartography.). Book 2 (Thematic Mapping) MOOC. Kitchen tiles. Snowboards. Drums. Beer. Nottingham Forest. Has a life too.

Steven R Holloway

toMake Press
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Dylan Moriarty

Cartographer & Designer

Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
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