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Kevin McManigal (also of Adventure Cycling) is teaching intro to cartography in Montana and has a new blog focused on getting into mapping. First posts focus on Google My Maps, Vector versus Raster, and Purpose and Audience.
Welcome to Map Practical, where the cartography gets done. These are the cartographic trenches, the domain of greasy hands, busted knuckles, and sore mouse fingers. This is the home of techniques, tutorials, and tricks of all things map. Here’s how we do it; your job is to make it look good!Are you a cartographer or studying to be one? How many tricks have you found that slipped your memory and had to be re-learned? How many hours have you spent on Google looking for that long lost tutorial? Thinking back on my first mapping class, there were so many things that I figured out by trial and error, blindly groping for the right keywords in “Help.” There has to be a better way!
So, here I am teaching cartography now and thought, “What if all those tips could be in one convenient place?” Well here it is, Map Practical! This will be an ongoing process; a tip a week, a link here, a comment there, and a video tutorial when I find the time. After a semester or two it should be a good resource.
Please contribute, and it will only get better.
Today, I introduce an image ad at the top of my blog. Am I going to make millions from this ad? Probably not. Will I find it annoying, yes. Will the new ad drive you away? Hopefully not. I’ve had text ads in my sidebar for 2 months now and I’ve made a whopping $10.91. At that rate I’ll get my first Google AdWords check in 2010 as they don’t even pay till you reach a minimum amount. Like the existing text ad, I’m curious to explore the intersection of journalism, niche publishing (blogging), and advertising. This blog consistently gets 1,000 page views a day. My goal with the ads remains to simply break even on hosting and promotion costs. As it stands, $10.91 doesn’t even buy a movie ticket in Washington, DC.
[Editor’s note: Fun site to get inspiration. Thanks KL!]
Grain Edit is a blog focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves. Brought to us by: Dave Cuzner – Founder and Senior Editor, Ethan Davis- Editor, Grace Danico – Editor. Grain Edit is based in Oakland, California.