Monday, April 16 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cartography Fundamentals

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Cartographers have been making maps for thousands of years now and many people that look at maps respond almost intuitively. For example, you probably don’t need to look at the map legend to figure out that the blue polygon is water. At this point in your life, you’ve seen it so many times that you don’t even consciously realize that you process this information. Yet, in Montana, most rivers and lakes aren’t blue when you’re out in the landscape. As GIS becomes more readily available, many people are producing maps without a cartographic or geographic educational background, and they’re not always conveying their message as easily as they might. This team has nearly 50 years of cumulative cartographic experience and we’ll try to share the lessons we’ve learned in an interactive environment. What other things do map readers respond “intuitively” to? Most people won’t look at your maps for more than a few minutes, whether it’s a decision-maker trying to quickly understand all the information available or a citizen glancing at a map online. What could you do to help people walk away with your intended message? Do you know what projection to use? Do you understand color theory? Do you know what layouts are most effective and why? Whether you answered yes or no to any of these questions, you should come and join the dialogue!


Valentijn Hoff

Valentijn Hoff is a GIS Analyst at the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, part of the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana. He is also a FAA certified UAS pilot. He sometimes serves as a Situation Unit Leader on a Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team or... Read More →

Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lewis Room