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Zen and art of cartography

Presentation given to British Cartographic Society and GeoCart conferences, 2012 on art and cartography.

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Zen and art of cartography

  1. 1. BCS Annual symposium, Hook UK, June 2012GeoCart 2012, Auckland New Zealand, August 2012Zen and the art of cartographyKenneth Field@kennethfield
  2. 2. Student says " I am very discouraged. What should I do?“
  3. 3. Master says, "encourage others.“
  4. 4. Cartographer says, “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!“ Democratised mapping Government/NMA GIS 60s 70s 80s 90s 00s
  5. 5. If you understand, things are just as they are...
  6. 6. ...if you dont understand, things are just as they are
  7. 7. The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
  8. 8. Cartography Art Science
  9. 9. Reasonable butPoor or ineffective uninspiring Clear, informative
  10. 10. Do not speak - unless it improves on silence
  11. 11. In all things, success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure
  12. 12. Water which is too pure has no fish
  13. 13. Eliminate what does not matter to make more room for what does
  14. 14. No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place
  15. 15. See with your eyes, hear with your ears. Nothing is hidden.
  16. 16. No flower ever sees the seed.
  17. 17.   
  18. 18.   
  19. 19. (content + clarity) * creativity = convincing cartography
  20. 20. mapdesign.icaci.org @ICAMapDesign kfield@esri.com @kennethfield