map making

A cropped view of a map with a north arrow in bold black with the letter "N" on top of it. A section of Texas and Louisiana can be seen at the top of the image.

Should Maps Include a North Arrow? Exploring the Debate

Caitlin Dempsey

Do all maps need a north arrow?

Hexagonal binning map showing the locations of 3,000 Walmart stores in the United States.

Making Maps with D3

Caitlin Dempsey

D3 is a JavaScript data visualization library using HTML, SVG and CSS.  D3 stands for Data Driven Documents and was developed by  Mike Bostock, ...

A screenshot of a cartography software package with a map of the United States.

Ten Things to Consider When Making a Map

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are ten common considerations that all cartographers should incorporate as part of their map making process.

Equal Earth map projection with a natural earth shading. Map: Strebe, CC BY-SA 4.0

Basics of a Map

Caitlin Dempsey

Learn about some basic design and concept elements when making a map.