Dave Imus challenges the murkiness of modern mapmaking.Old world cartography and craftsmanship is a rare thing in today’s data-saturated GIS world. Dave Imus is a rare bird among those in the field, he is more like an artist than a “mapper”. This is a great article about Dave , his love for cartography and geography is very apparent through his creations.
“Americans are geographically illiterate; they’re famous for it,” he says, citing the depressing fact that half of Americans aged 18-24 can’t locate New York City on a map. “I’m trying to introduce cartography that takes clarity seriously and tries to express something. I want to pass on appreciation of the world to people who think the world is interchangeable scenery and one place is as good as the next.”
In his mid-50s, with a mop of silver hair, Imus wears wire-rimmed glasses, blue jeans and a tie-dyed button-up. He labored seven days a week for two years over every square millimeter of his map’s surface, working and reworking label placement and letter size. He tweaked the relief shading on the mountain ranges, sculpted rivers to widen and narrow depending on their flows, and carefully selected the landmarks he felt most central to the country’s character. Finally, after 6,000 painstaking hours, he had created a definitive map of the U.S., one he could not improve.