I don’t often get a chance to showcase my work.
As a consultant, much of what I do is confidential. However, at times, I get the opportunity to work for a non-profit or on a public project, and that means I can share.
Recently, I was approached by Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR), to create a few maps of the planned timber harvests adjacent to the river in northern Sonoma County, California. The challenge was to quickly and effectively show the currently planned logging areas with those that had been conducted in prior years.
The maps that accompanied the timber harvest plans looked something like this:
Serviceable, for sure, but the maps had a lot of data, were very hard to read, and it was difficult to determine context.
So, I was asked to take just a few key components of the map, and create something more visually appealing, and give a better sense of where the units were in relation to a seaside community and adjacent parks.
Here’s the result (you can click on it for a bigger version):
To be fair, I didn’t have to include as much information as the original map. The focus was to highlight the adjacent community and provide an aerial for context. Everything else was disregarded. I think it looks alright. What do you think? What would you have done differently?
To see more, visit FoGR’s post on the project.
Airports and Trails
Another project I recently got a chance to work on were the trail development options at the Truckee Airport District in Truckee, California.
The goal of this map was to show the trail development options in relation to the surrounding trail system and possible connection points.
Neither of these project were technically challenging, but it was nice to just create something that met my clients’ needs and I could share.
Story Maps for All
While I appreciate a well-designed paper map, there’s no denying that most folks hangout in the internet more often than not and rarely do we print stuff out anymore. So, why not do the same for our maps?
For the two projects above, I create two simple ESRI Story Maps:
Story maps are interactive maps that use narrative (and sometimes pictures) along with a map to highlight a problem or solution. While I didn’t use the Story Maps to their full-potential, I hope from these simple examples you can get a glimpse of their potential.
If you would like to see more cool maps, check out the Interactive Web Maps link list to the right (if you’re on a desktop) or scroll down to the bottom of the page (if you’re mobile).