Hi! I'm Mike. I make maps.
I am a biker, sailor, and skier... and also
a cartographer, data specialist, geographer,
urban technologist, and educator.
Utilize data, maps, and technology to make our cities, and world, a better place to live.
"The making and study of maps in all their aspects"
Robinson, et al. "The Elements of Cartography, 6th Ed." 1995
The technologies around making maps are dynamic and changing, but cartography transcends centuries...
Ancient Middle Eastern Property Map, Harvard Libraries Collection, circa 4500 BCE
Ptolemaic World, Schnitzer (1482)
World Map, Mercator (1569)
Cholera Outbreak of 1854, John Snow, 1854
London Underground, Henry Beck, 1933
What does Cartography really look like in the 21st century?
These maps represent our knowledge of the modern world in the same way the maps of old represented knowledge of the world at that time.
These maps - are no less important and relevant than the grand maps of old.
Distill stories out of highly complex systems
Identify Patterns Otherwise Hidden in Data
Skilled modern Cartographers
...not only have mastered the principles of mapmaking, but also have a firm grasp of their environment, understand the cognitive processes of thought and communication, and familiarity with other mapping sciences, including geodesy, surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS.
"Mapping Segregation", NYTimes (Bloch, Cox, & Giratikanon), 2015
utilizing spatial means and tools
Subject Matter Expert
Modern cartography constitutes many theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems.
When making a map:
- Why are you making the decisions you are making?
- What are the precedents for those decisions?
- How could the options for display be improved?
- Why would the new option be an improvement?
We have more data to tell stories from now than ever before
This Data will not change the world unless it is visualized and communicated in a meaningful way.