crookedindifference : 
 
   The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See   
 
 According to independent cartographers I spoke with, the big mapmaking  corporations of the world employ type-positioning software, placing  their map labels (names of cities, rivers, etc.) according to an  algorithm. 
 By contrast, David Imus worked alone on his map seven days a week for  two full years. Nearly 6,000 hours in total. It would be prohibitively  expensive just to outsource that much work. But Imus—a 35-year veteran  of cartography who’s designed every kind of map for every kind of  client—did it all by himself. He used a computer (not a pencil and  paper), but absolutely nothing was left to computer-assisted  happenstance. Imus spent eons tweaking label positions. Slaving over  font types, kerning, letter thicknesses. Scrutinizing levels of  blackness. It’s the kind of personal cartographic touch you might only  find these days on the hand-illustrated ski-trail maps available at posh  mountain resorts.

crookedindifference:

The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See

According to independent cartographers I spoke with, the big mapmaking corporations of the world employ type-positioning software, placing their map labels (names of cities, rivers, etc.) according to an algorithm.

By contrast, David Imus worked alone on his map seven days a week for two full years. Nearly 6,000 hours in total. It would be prohibitively expensive just to outsource that much work. But Imus—a 35-year veteran of cartography who’s designed every kind of map for every kind of client—did it all by himself. He used a computer (not a pencil and paper), but absolutely nothing was left to computer-assisted happenstance. Imus spent eons tweaking label positions. Slaving over font types, kerning, letter thicknesses. Scrutinizing levels of blackness. It’s the kind of personal cartographic touch you might only find these days on the hand-illustrated ski-trail maps available at posh mountain resorts.

Ben RummelComment