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The best maps are still to come, and you’re going to make them.

The world’s best independent cartographers will sell you a map right now.

Design files for some of my maps, mostly public domain.

I write about maps here.

I interview other cartographers here. 🎤

4x6-ft illuminated shaded relief of California12x18" map of the Tongass National Forest12x18" map of Los Angeles, CA

Certain of



  • Weightiest map: cadastral
  • Not good: for the first time in a long age of mapping, most maps are made by filtering instead of accretion, winnowing instead of illustrating.
  • "License was not freedom."

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