Case Studies

Modern cartography is nowadays usually based on somewhat static and structured digital GIS data. With automated and database driven cartography there is only a rare opportunities for a cartographer to add personal touch to a map product. These case studies will cover some practical visualization and other problems, research questions, theory and solutions of using spatial data and GIS software in cartographic map production.

CARTOGRAPHY Henri Saijos, May 23rd, 2014

Visualizing Shorelines

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Using coastal vignette in the edge between the land and a body of water can help cartographer to develop a visual hierarchy for map. An important cartographic principle to provide a clear separation and focus either on land or the water. The resulting vignette provides visual illusion of the new dimension and adds professional style of your map design.
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CARTOGRAPHY Henri Saijos, Jul 21st, 2014

Visualizing Streams

Tapering streams is a common cartographic technique to visualize a natural river network and the direction of water flow. The general idea is use gradually decreased line width to mimic that in general streams tends to get shallower when moving to headwaters. In simpliest way tapering can be done using a line network with flow attribute and graduated line width renderer. Anyhow, tapering inside a single feature is enabling even more realistic result. read full article

CARTOGRAPHY Henri Saijos, Aug 11th, 2014

Extreme Labeling

Still today, most of the complex labels in many special maps are constructed manually using a various graphic techniques and elements. Those elements are not tied to a real data and thus, a maintainability and automation support is very low. In this article we are introducing a simple and efficient way to visualize complex label elements using a new multivalue element type. read full article

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