A Call for Maps from the Heart

I have long been interested in the intersection between the cartographic and the personal. While we make maps for clients or employers, many of us also use our cartographic skills as an outlet for self expression. At this year’s NACIS Annual Meeting, I’d like to assemble an exhibition of more personal pieces. I invite you to engage in the joy and vulnerability of sharing, by mapping where your heart is.

How it Works

  • You make a map that answers the call to “Map Where your Heart is.” There are a lot of directions you can take that prompt, and it’s up to you.
  • You submit the map file, and I’ll print it out and bring it to NACIS.
  • Or, if you’d like to print it yourself, or you want to draw/paint your map, you’re welcome to do so and bring it to NACIS yourself for inclusion in the exhibition.
  • All maps will be on 8½ × 11 inch paper, so make sure your design fits, and, if you’re having me print it, please leave a margin of ½-inch all around.
  • Maps can be in color. These will probably be printed on a laser printer; the resolution won’t be bad, but it won’t be amazing, either, so plan accordingly.
  • Everything should fit on the piece of paper; there won’t be space for a separate title or credit or explanation.
  • You don’t need to attend the conference to send in your work.

Deadline: September 30th, 2021

I hope you’ll consider joining in! I look forward to seeing everyone’s personal expressions of place and of love, and to seeing the conversations that they spark when these are all exhibited in Oklahoma City.

Questions? Drop me an email at somethingaboutmaps@gmail.com. I’m making this up as I go along, but hopefully I’ll have something useful to say.