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Making Beautiful Maps with Jake Levitas

  • The Assembly 307 West Martin Street Raleigh, NC, 27601 United States (map)

Discover your inner cartographer in just a few hours! From the first human maps on cave walls to real-time, continually-updated, crowdsourced geodata, mapping has come a long way in the last 8,000 years. Maps are used today in an endless number of ways by artists, designers, engineers, scientists, urban planners, city officials, developers, tourists, explorers, and more. This workshop is your chance to become a creator, and not just a consumer, in our new map-rich world.

Learn how to:

  • Use free, open-source mapping and design software to start playing with the countless datasets available on the web
  • Create your own geo-data
  • Analyze and synthesize geo-data
  • Bring it all together into a beautiful map using mapping and vector graphics programs

Prereqs & Preparation:

  • Basic data analysis and/or design skills will help students learn more quickly, but are not required.
  • Laptop and power cord (required)
  • Cordless/corded mouse for laptop (optional)
  • Adobe Illustrator + QGIS installed (required - instructions sent 1-2 days before workshop)

Jake Levitas is an organizer and designer focused on making cities work better for people. He is Co-Founder of Our City, a national civic engagement nonprofit. He is also Designer and Strategist at lowercase productions, where he applies his background in civic work to create beautiful, innovative, and effective experiences for mission-driven organizations and the people they serve. He previously designed maps and analyzed data in the Planning Group at Arup, translating complex information into intuitive graphics and insights. He also previously served in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and as Research Director for Gray Area, a San Francisco digital arts nonprofit.

We are offering two paid scholarships to this workshop. To apply, send an email with a brief description of yourself and how you want to use the skills taught in the workshop to

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