Digital Cartography, Interactive Mapping, and Data Visualization


Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 19th – 20th
Times: 10am – 4pm
Course Length: 12 hours
Cost: $20/instruction hour, $240 total, $216 for GAFFTA Members
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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This workshop will introduce the basic tools and techniques required to make custom interactive maps for the web in HTML and Javascript. We will focus on Polymaps, a Javascript mapping library developed by Stamen and SimpleGeo. Together, we will move from making simple interactive maps towards designing custom cartography and visualizing geographic data.

Day One:
Slippy Maps
Introduction to Javascript / Polymaps
Building Interactive Maps
Adding Data to Maps

Day Two:
Digital Cartography
Designing Map Tiles
Adding Interactivity
Fancy Things

Sha Hwang


Sha studied and worked in architecture before diving headfirst into data visualization at Stamen Design. At Stamen Sha worked on projects for clients like CNN, MTV, Adobe, and Flickr. Last year, Sha cofounded a startup called Movity focused on visualization and cities. Movity was recently acquired by the real estate company Trulia to bring their work to a national audience. Sha is endlessly fascinated by maps, data, design, and cities.