Academic journal article Cartography and Geographic Information Science

The ACSM 30th Annual Map Design Competition

Academic journal article Cartography and Geographic Information Science

The ACSM 30th Annual Map Design Competition

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The purpose of these awards is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. The competition is open to all mapmakers in the United States and Canada. Maps created for electronic media such as the Web, DVD, or, CD-ROM are also eligible. Noted cartographers and designers judge the entries based on the following criteria: color, overall design and impression, craftsmanship, and typography. Entries will be displayed at a number of other national and international professional functions and will then become part of the permanent collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. Note that this competition is for map design, so judging will be based on cartographic design criteria, such as creativity, text (spelling and grammar, too), balance, unity, clarity, use of color, title, and subject matter. Students are particularly encouraged to apply for the NGS award. The deadline for this year's competition is January 15, 2003. Maps completed during 2002 are eligible. Each award is described below.

Professional Category

* Best of Show

* Best of Category

* Thematic--A map or series of maps on a single sheet designed around a specific thematic purpose not described above, i. …

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