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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Seeing the Bigger Picture

How do you use maps? While we hate to say this, is it in a traditional PDF or Image? Showing an aerial or street map with simple yet easy to understand dots, labels or logos? Does it get the job done? If so stop here. If not read on about seeing the bigger picture. Seeing The Bigger Picture This week we found that the above question is front and center in most of our clients minds and resulting projects. Are…

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Aggregation

Aggregation

Data Aggregation might not make total sense to most, at least for casual users the mapping world. But it is one of the hidden items that really make a difference in what you ultimately get in your end products. Aggregation As per Merriam-Webster Aggregation is; “a group, body, or mass composed of many distinct parts or individuals” or “the collecting of units or parts into a mass or whole” So how do you apply that to maps? Pretty easily actually….

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Importance of Map Symbols

Importance of Map Symbols

When you first look at a map what is the first thing you typically see? Usually it’s how to make certain items stand out on the map that you want to draw attention to. This is something core to storytelling with maps. The importance of map symbols. This can be expanded to more than just symbols. We can apply this term to all items on the map. Data drives the design behind the map. Read up on this topic here….

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Behind the Map

Behind the Map

When you look at a map we doubt you really see or better yet understand what it really contains. That’s totally understandable. We want to take you though the finer details behind the map. Don’t worry we will keep things general so you get the basics. Behind the Map All maps start with data. Most people always forget the first step and it’s the most important. Behind that map is a database that drives what you can do with the…

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Map Design, or lack of.

Map Design, or lack of.

We ran across this article today showcasing proposed bike plan improvements in Salt Lake City. The more we looked at it the more we had no idea what the map was actually trying to show. We thought this a great example of a primary topic we sound off on frequently. Map Design is key Just because you have design software or GIS software for that matter, it doesn’t mean you can make a final map product that your audience will…

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Maps Everywhere

Maps Everywhere

We never thought we would be making maps everywhere including for a rail yard operated by a huge rail road. But here we are doing just that. This is a great example of an established company who does the same thing every day over a very long time that stops and says what if we could look at things differently. The backstory is the long standing rail operators were starting to retire and new operators were coming on board that…

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