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Cartographic Design Workshop

Designing and producing maps and graphics that communicate well is challenging. We here often from GIS users that they are rarely afforded the time they wish for map design. Ken will present his ‘Top 10’ cartographic design considerations that the lab employs regularly, whether the project has several months available for design or several minutes. Examples from several of the Lab’s completed and on-going projects will be presented to illustrate cartographic design principles, methods, and work-flow strategies that have been successfully applied in the UO InfoGraphics Lab.

Ken Kato
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The One Minute Cartographer

The credo of the 1-minute cartographer rests on three ideas: the need to clearly appraise what the map needs, the knowledge of how to make the appropriate edits, and the ability to evaluate the results. These are the secrets of the 1-minute cartographer – 1-minute appraisals, 1-minute fixes, and one minute evaluations. Design principles and common-sense cartography underpin the short- and long-term success of your maps. In this session, we teach you some fundamental design principles (color selection, typography, page layout, etc.) and how to use them for map making with ArcGIS. You'll also learn where to get help when you're stuck, and how to know you got the job done right. In the end, you'll be equipped with an arsenal of tips and tricks to design better maps and make them "come to life" with ArcGIS.

Aileen Buckley


Aileen Buckley came to ESRI in 2003 from University of Oregon where she was a professor of geography teaching cartography, GIS, GPS, and other mapping sciences. She holds an adjunct associate professor appointment at the University of Redlands in their Masters of Science in GIS program. Her PhD is from Oregon State University.

Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at an engineering firm as a project manager on projects converting cadastral paper maps to GIS data layers. And before that she worked in the Cartography Division of the National Geographic Society on the seventh edition of their Atlas of the World.

She has written a number of articles and book chapters on various aspects of GIS and cartography, and she is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science by Sage Publications. At UO, she also helped author the Atlas of Oregon, Second Edition (2001). She is second author of the forthcoming book Map Use: Reading and Analysis, Sixth Edition by ESRI Press. She was the 2007-2009 president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)


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