The books on display at the Esri DevSummit. Thanks to Rich Ruh for the pic.
In landscape architecture, there is a lot of emphasis on the creation of “rooms” or “garden rooms” to split a design into several livable pieces, each ideally with their own function and/or character.
This can be applied to our work as cartographers in the sense of creating separate but unified pieces of a map in order to separate the functions of those pieces but still maintain a contiguity of design aesthetic.
Thus, a section with graphs and charts can be thought of as separate-but-cohesive with a section of metadata, the title section, the supporting information sections, and the map itself. There is still a hierarchy between the sections, but they flow together (sometimes, and often with great effect, into one another), and make up a complete design.
There are three ways to control draw order in TileMill. You have to keep all three in mind when developing a map because they all work together to determine how the final product is going to look.
I’ll be offline for a bit while I do battle with The Bronchitis from Hell.
Here’s a map submitted for our perusal by reader John Potter of Escape Key Graphics. The map was created for the 2013 Palm Beach International Boat Show. Potter makes other boat show maps as well and used mostly Sketchup to create this one. Check out his entertaining “making of the map” video, below (though don’t say I didn’t warn you–the frames switch quickly and you might get some vertigo!!!)
I’m happy to announce that the style defaults that I helped to establish for Urban Mapping’s Mapfluence platform are now live. These defaults appear when a developer adds a dataset without specifying color, line width, and so on. While it is a difficult exercise to try and anticipate what will look good for all datasets, we feel these have a modern yet universal appeal that will enable developers to get started quickly.