Cartographic tricks and tips– making text readable.

I was playing recently with techniques for making text/labels in maps more readable in a map.  We can use simple buffers to do this, but this isn’t always adequate.  Take this example: which is a label on top of contours.  It is adequately readable.  If we show 2 ft contours as well, the map becomes somewhat cluttered: So, we apply the common technique of halo … Continue reading Cartographic tricks and tips– making text readable.

WordPress Country Stats, a cartographers complaint

In the category of moderately new features in WordPress, I really appreciate the new WordPress Country Stats, with the nice touch of flags of the nations, and a map.  As an inveterate map snob, however, the map drives me crazy: Why?  Because choropleth maps are bad for showing count data, unless all the polygons are the same size.  Look at the map above– France and … Continue reading WordPress Country Stats, a cartographers complaint

Going deeper into web cartography: future=past? (and Swiss cartographic genius)

My favorite cartography book is Eduard Imhof’s Cartographic Relief Presentation.  A few years back I picked this book up (translated to English) from ESRI press for $75 if memory serves me.  Now it can be gotten for much cheaper. Imhof spends a lot of time on feature simplification and separation, a problem which keeps me up at night.  For example, if you have a lot … Continue reading Going deeper into web cartography: future=past? (and Swiss cartographic genius)