Making Beautiful Maps

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

Making Beautiful Maps

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

About this workshop

Discover your inner cartographer in 2.5 hours. From the first human maps on cave walls to real-time, continually-updated, crowdsourced geodata, mapping has come a long way in the last 8,000 years. Maps are currently used in an endless number of ways by artists, designers, developers, scientists, urban planners, city officials, tourists, explorers, and more. This workshop is your chance to become a creator, and not just a consumer, in our new map-rich world.

Takeaways

  • Use free, open-source mapping and design software to start playing with the countless datasets available on the web
  • Create your own geo-data
  • Analyze and synthesize geo-data
  • Bring it all together into a beautiful map using GIS and vector graphics programs

Prereqs & Preparation

Basic data analysis and/or design skills will help students learn more quickly, but are not required.

  • Laptop
  • Cordless/corded mouse for laptop (optional)
  • Adobe Illustrator + QGIS installed (required)

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