Cartography is a mixture of art, science, and technology. Map design is not “taking a picture”. It involves structed processing, generalization, symbolization, and assembly. For any map to be effective, the data and graphic characteristics must be carefully chosen and integrated together. Map design involves intuition, rational choice, compromises, and like many fields, traditions and conventions.

The good cartographer is both a scientist and an artist. They must have a thorough knowledge of their subject and model, the Earth. They must have the ability to generalize intelligently and to make the correct selection of the features to show. These are represented by means of lines or colors; and the effective use of lines or colors requires more than knowledge of the subject – it requires artistic judgement. Erwin Josephus Raisz (1893 – 1968) 

I neglected this site for many years since closing Neer Cartography as a business in 2001. I resurrected this site to organize and publish many of my notes, tutorials, tips/tricks, and ponderings as my career as a cartographer evolved over the last 20 years. My career focus is to assist people understand spatial relationships of the world that surrounds us. In this endeavor, I delved into a variety of fields from graphic design, database design, geographic information systems (GIS), programming, photographic simulations, and web mapping.

I currently work for Digital Data Services, Inc. as a Geospatial Solutions Consultant. We provide geospatial consultation services to companies. Our clients include oil and gas companies, mining companies, law firms, federal, state, county, and local governments, beverage companies, utility companies, and many others.

If you have any questions about anything I have posted, please feel free to contact me.