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Sometime around 2006, when everyone and their grandma started cranking out terrible Google Maps mashups, the Cartography world soiled its collective underpants as it looked like the once specialized profession was about to become obsolete.
To become a cartographer, one may want to focus on some type of formal study, additional specialized training and obtaining licensure.
Tony Killilea's career in mapmaking has encompassed great change since the days of plumb lines and draughtsmanship.
Meet Doug Crews-Nelson, a Cartographer/Artist from Madison, Wisconsin, who is just beginning to promote his ingenious maps for sale.
We see them every day, popping up on our Twitter feeds, filtered through blogs, or even scattered throughout the New York Times: maps portraying not the usual locations or destinations, but data.
Many cartographers have moved from the drafting table to the computer, using special software to gather data and create their maps.
As maps have changed, so have mapmakers. No longer static images, maps have become active interfaces for information exchange.