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Friday, October 18 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Artistic Cartography

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Color by Numbers: Charting the History of Quantitative Color Schemes
Presenter: Travis White
This talk reports on my ongoing research examining historical and contemporary uses of quantitative color schemes. Color ubiquity is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by a number of technical and theoretical advances in color printing, color theory, map production, and media consumption. Recently, color has emerged as the go-to representational tool for quantitative data on thematic maps, particularly the visual variables color hue and lightness. Through a systematic evaluation of hundreds of maps, I am chronicling the evolution of quantitative color use in an attempt to better understand why mapmakers use the colors that they do.

Real Maps: Fake Places
Presenter: David Nuttall
To create realistic and detailed hand-drawn maps requires understanding the real world, real maps and plenty of research. It helps to be a trained cartographer! This session will dig deeper into the creation of plausible fictional places as realistic maps, as artwork. The research and study of places, maps and aerial imagery informs the maps created and helps understand that you can't create fake places without a comprehensive understanding of real places, how they evolved and how they are depicted in different styles of mapping.

Experiments in Cartography and some Time-Based Arts
Presenter: Eric Theise
My project integrates perceptual & conceptual concerns of experimental animators and structural filmmakers with contemporary digital tools from the geospatial realm. In essence I ask the question: if we'd taken away their Bolex cameras and handed them Mapbox GL, OpenMapTiles, and PostGIS, what would they have made instead? I've had the good fortune to be a Toolmaker-in-Residence at Signal Culture two years running and this has led to a series of single channel video works, a composition for voice and geocoder, and a collection of tools for real time cartography. I'll present examples. Not for the strobe-averse.

North America: From Pencil to Print
Presenter: Anton Thomas
In February, after almost five years of work, I finally completed an extensive illustrated map of North America. The closing months were wonderful, working from the deep ocean right out to the stars - as well as a very detailed cartouche. We will take a close look at the finished map, but the work has not stopped there. I will also share some of my experiences while preparing it for release, dealing with concerns around image capture, printing, shipping, framing, e-commerce, crowdfunding and much more. Depending on your project, sometimes making the map can feel like the easy part.

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Eric Theise

Web & Geospatial Software Engineer
Chicago born & raised; San Francisco resident since 1989. Open to new geographies. Talk to me about human perception, color, experimental film and composition, or foodways.
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Travis White

University of Kansas
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Anton Thomas

Artist Cartographer, Anton Thomas Art
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David Nuttall

Artist & Mapping Consultant, Artimaps
David is a artist, cartographer and mapping professional with over 40 years of experience. David creates hand-drawn plausible fictitious maps, as cartographic art. He is also an independent consultant for public safety/911 mapping, training and support. David was trained by the British... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Pavilion Room A

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