Turn Basic Maps into Cartographic Brilliance at the Map Critique Station

Ever wondered what makes a map great or how you can make yours better? Want to know how your cartographic skills stack up against your peers? Stop by the Map Critique Station at the Tech Support Island in the Esri Showcase to meet one-on-one with Esri’s professional cartographers and find out for yourself.

Stopping by the Map Critique Station can help you transform a basic map (left) into a work of art (right).

Our experts will be available to evaluate and constructively critique your map and offer suggestions for improvements. You’ll take away specific tips to practice in your work and see what makes a map communicative and compelling.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a sampling of what users that have visited the Map Critique Station have to say about their experience:

“I pride myself on my maps and put a lot of effort into them, but both years I have gotten feedback that has enabled me to improve. These guys are seasoned professionals and are very knowledgeable … I really appreciate you for taking the time to look at two of my maps in detail and give me such great insight into how to improve what I do. Cartography is my favorite part of my job, and your expertise was invaluable.”

Jacob Thornton, Vanderbilt University

“It was my first attempt at a map (more of a poster, I must say) but their suggestions and comments will lead me to a better and much improved effort for next year’s UC.”

Bryan Sanford, Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados

“I felt like every area criticized was done in a way that outlined how to make it better as well as why it makes it better.”

Shane Willard, Bureau of Indian Affairs

You can walk in or make an appointment to meet with an Esri cartographic expert on Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th between the hours of 1 pm to 6 pm. While we suggest you bring a hardcopy map to the station so staff can make notes on your maps, you can also bring digital copies or link to Web maps over the Internet.

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