Thursday, February 12, 2015
The main idea behind the lab was learning how to convert shape files from one projection to another.
The exercise and lecture is one I was looking forward to, as matching projections is something that I struggle with at work. On multiple occasions I have put my sample plots in North Dakota, when they should have been in Oregon. I have a basic understanding now, and hope to learn more with next weeks continuation.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Above is a Histogram for weather stations in Europe. It shows the data (temperature) frequency and variations across the different stations. This graph also makes it easy to spot outliers. As you can see, the majority of the data is in the 2.72-3.34 range. It follows a bell curve for the most part, with an outlier on the upper end of the spectrum.
This was created in ArcMap, using the Histogram tool in the Geostatistical Analyst toolbar.
I used CorelDraw exclusively for this map. The symbols and north arrow were from the ESRI symbol fonts, and the inset map was pulled off the internet. I tried to obey the point feature guidelines for my label placements as much as possible. I attempted to make curved text for my water features, but I could not get them to come out right.
CorelDraw continues to be a tortuous experience. It is constantly crashing and freezing, and I also have an issue with the ergonomics of the program. There were lots of things that I wanted to do with this lab, but I had trouble figuring out how.
I did learn that there is a plethora of map symbols to be used with the Font tool. A nice bonus of this exercise was that I learned some geography of the Florida Keys.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
This map shows climbing spots in the Yosemite Valley.
This map shows tree sample points near Aguirre Springs.
Friday, January 30, 2015
I tried to use subtle colors for everything, and even subtler for the features at the bottom of the Visual Hierarchy. I felt that the rose color for Ward 7 and the sand color for DC were a good match. Green and blue for the parks and water were a natural fit. I differentiated the different school types by using color coded small to large schoolhouse symbols.
Managing the empty space was a challenge. The map is in such a odd shape with diamond shaped DC jutting onto the page. I was able to mitigate some of that with my legend and vicinity map. It still feels a little bit off, but I am not entirely sure how to fix it. I think that incorporating a faded Maryland state could fill in some of the space.
While this was all done on ArcGIS, it would be fun to tool around with the map in CorelDraw.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I feel that this map does a very good job with presenting information in a neat and clean format. The cartographer did well with their color choices; the transit routes, which seem to be the primary focus of this map, are marked using prominent colors. They convey the message while still being easy to look at. The topographic lines and aerial photography are subtler, yet still pop enough to do their job. I suppose that what I just mentioned could be classified under the 1st, 4th, and 5th Commandments.
Just looking at this map makes me cringe. For starters, the relative size of the map compared to the background is terrible. When I first looked at the map, it took a few moments to figure out what in the world I was actually looking at. A lot of that could be I don’t speak Dutch, but it doesn’t change the face that it hurts my eyes. It has a few 6 Commandment violations, namely: #4 Minimize Map Crap and #5 Map Layout matters. From doing a little research, it seems that this map was made as a political and social parody “cartoon”, similar to what you could find in the New York Times today.