I’m currently taking my second GIS course at Calvin, and it’s finally becoming a little more intuitive. (For those not in the know, GIS stands for geographic information systems and it’s one of the more applied branches of geography. It’s also totally hip.) I’ve started to mess around with making maps that are aesthetic rather than useful, and while I wouldn’t denigrate the name by calling it art, I hope to get there someday. Below is one of my first tries. I should also mention that these are pretty much maps I made in a lab for Advanced GIS; all I did was colorize them unusually, so my level of creative input is still pretty low. But I’ll get there.
This is a color-filled contour derived from rainfall data from July 1997. Well, it’s actually a statistical measure of the reliability of the Kriging method of interpolation I applied to the rainfall data, but the color ramp I applied pretty much distorts it too much for it to actually communicate that anyway. I used green for no other reason than that it was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, and I celebrated by writing papers in the library.
The second one is pretty much the same map, but in raster form instead of vectorized contour form. If that tech talk didn’t make any sense to you, you should probably sign up for Introduction to GIS next fall. You’ll instantly become cooler, trust me.
P.S. The punctuation of the title comes from a friend’s recently launched blog. I don’t know if she came up with it, but I do know I can’t take credit for it.