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Making Great Maps [Online]

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

Making a map isn’t difficult, but making a visually appealing map is much harder. A bad map is difficult to understand, and makes viewers more likely to ignore it entirely. A beautiful map will not only better communicate your ideas, but can transform an average poster, paper, or presentation into a great one.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Import data into QGIS
  • Find and use custom base maps
  • Understand the elements of good cartographic design
  • Use QGIS map layouts to make maps faster and more consistently
  • Export maps for publication


Please install QGIS, a free and open source GIS platform, on your computer beforehand. QGIS is available on Windows, macOS, Linux and Android.

Core Competencies: cartography, map layout, basemaps


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Title Location Dates
Making Great Maps [Online] : 2020-10-08 via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins) Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm