Hold on, don’t hit the delete button just yet. This isn’t a, “remember when AML was so much better?” newsletter. Nah, ArcPlot was awful, there is no reason to pretend things were better. No, in 2020, we have some of the best cartography tools that have ever existed. I’m not going to pretend that I used to be good at cartography. I mean, if you ever needed a Figure 2-1, I was your guy. But let’s be honest, Figure 2-1 isn’t that exciting, it just gives you an overview and never is the map that gets shown in the Powerpoint presentation.
What I do appreciate though is the amazing cartography that exists. My Twitter feed is full of maps even when there isn’t a 30 Day Map Challenge
. I can’t but not click on all those little thumbnails and think to myself, what an amazing map. Heck, one of my guilty pleasure Twitter follows is Airline Maps
which brings my feed tons of amazing and awful cartography choices and ideas.