Excited To Release An Open #Cartography Project Tomorrow. Built With @esri & @mapbox. Stay Tuned. #gis
Lets Get It Started! Will.I.Am Speaking At #esriuc (at San Diego Convention Center)
Looking Forward To Bright Lit Blue Skies In San Diego (July 7 - 12)
Very Pleased To Share A Company Project I Recently Helped With. Here’s Our Marketing Line For It —
"…Today we are launching a new campaign called GIS Ink. What is GIS Ink? It’s both a play on our name and a fun, interesting way to use Esri’s story map capabilities that are part of ArcGIS Online (you know we’re map geeks, right?). We think a tattoo is similar to a map in that it’s a very visual way to communicate something.
More about that play on words - here it is in a nutshell:
The official name of our company is Geographic Information Services, Inc.
Geographic Information Services, Inc is abbreviated GISi.
GISi is pronounced “GIS Inc.”
The “Inc.” in GIS Inc. sounds like “Ink”.
Ink = Tattoo = Which, as mentioned above, is a fun and different idea for a webmap.
We’re sure you might have questions, like…
So what is GIS Ink?
Basically, it’s a website for people to submit photos of tattoos. You’ll be able to see submissions and view them via a webmap. The submissions will eventually be voted on to selected winners.
How do I participate?
By submitting a photo of your tattoo! There are two categories for entries: (1) tattoos that are GIS or location related or (2) a tattoo from a person who works in the GIS industry (even if the tattoo is not GIS related).
How do I win?
There will be a winner for each of the two categories. Winners will be chosen based off of the total number of votes they have for their tattoo. The voting feature is not currently active but will begin on Monday June 24th. So use the social media links on the site to spread the word about your tattoo, get votes, and win something awesome.
It might seem pretty obvious to you that you won, simply by the number of votes you have versus other contestants after July 7th, 2013 at 11:50 CST. But we will be announcing the official winner for each submission category at the Esri UC in July. Winners will be notified by email, snail mail, or by phone. We cannot notify by smoke signal at this time.
Where can I submit my ink?
Visit the website www.gis-ink.com and click the Submit Your Ink link at the top.
Finally, when you leave the site, we would like you to remember GIS Ink. Remember how great it is to be a part of this industry and how refreshing it is to be surrounded by individuals who truly love what they do. When you think of all the things a tattoo can symbolize - a passion, a commitment, or a story, this whole crazy thing starts to make more sense. Our GIS community embodies all of those things…and it’s our own unique “ink”. It’s our GIS Ink….”
So, i initially had the idea for this when i first purchased the Illinois album way back in 2005. It’s not everyday geography and music collide. The Illinois album is probably one of my top 5 favorite albums ever. Oh, how i wish the 50 states project was a real thing. After pouring over countless websites, lyrics, pictures, i think i’ve incorporated nearly every geographic component off of the two albums. There were many different drafts of directions i could have gone with this map, but i eventually decided on this finished product. It’s available over at my imagekind gallery for purchase. Major Props and Thanks to Sufjan Stevens and Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Overall, this map took about 3 months of spare time on night and weekends. I used ArcMap 10.1 from start to finish.