Data is the key to maps. But show that data in a confusing, unattractive, or misleading way, and the power of your data is lost. Normally, Mapchats focus on using good data, but this time we focus on the nuts and bolts of making good maps.
PolicyMap’s popular Mapchats series continued 7/28/15 with a panel of leaders in online mapping, including Robert Cheetham from Azavea, Jake Garcia from Foundation Center, and PolicyMap’s own Bernie Langer. The topics of discussion include picking the right colors for a map, choosing the right map for the right data, and how to make a good map show change over time.
See each panelist and their presentation below:
BERNIE LANGER | Data Analyst, PolicyMap
Bernie Langer is a Data Analyst at PolicyMap. He works on keeping PolicyMap’s data library current and simple to understand. Previously, he’s contributed to WHYY News, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and EARTH Magazine. An avid photographer, his work has appeared in various galleries in Philadelphia. He has a B.A. in economics from Vassar College, and is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at Rutgers University – Camden.
JAKE GARCIA | Vice President for Data and Technology Strategy, Foundation Center
Jake Garcia is the Vice President for Data and Technology at Foundation Center, where he builds mapping applications, data visualizations, semantic analysis scripts, and application programming interfaces. He’s previously worked as a geographer and programmer on projects for NASA, Al Gore’s Climate Project, the City of New York, and the U.S. Army. In April 2011, Jake was the lead developer on a project that won the Large Organization award in the World Bank’s “Apps for Development” contest. He has an M.A. in geography from Hunter College and a B.A. in political science from Brown University.
ROBERT CHEETHAM | Founder and President, Azavea
Robert Cheetham is the Founder and President of Azavea. Previously, he was a software developer and analyst for the Philadelphia Police Department, the University of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia, and a Coordinator for International Relations in Konan-cho, Japan. He is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is on the Advisory Board for the Masters of GIS Program at Pennsylvania State University. He has an M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.
Below is a list of resources included in Robert’s presentation:
Analog: Trees and Branching Structures
Analog: Graphic Transition
- Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music [related] PopWaves
- XKCD and Movie Timelines [related] More on movie narrative timeline visualizations
- Ideological History of the Supreme Court
Analog: Explicit Geography + Color + Annotation
Digital: Sequences on a Line
Digital: Thematic Overlay
Digital: Split Screens
Digital: Map + Chart
Digital: Map-based Storytelling Tools
Digital: Spatial-temporal forecasting (geography + time + statistics)
- Semiology of Graphics, Jacques Bertin
- Show Me The Numbers, Stephen Few
- Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte
- Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte
- Visual Explanations, Edward R. Tufte
- Cartographers Toolkit, Gretchen N. Peterson
- Designing Better Maps, Cynthia Brewer (new edition coming in the fall)
- Cartographies of Time, Daniel Roseberg and Anthony Grafton
Train Schedule Example
- Metra 2012 Proposed Cuts Interactive App
- Blog on the inspiration behind this: http://www.c82.net/blog/?id=66
- Summer of Maps – non-profit spatial analysis grants and student fellowships
To check out PolicyMap’s other Mapchats recordings, visit: policymap.com/mapchats