October 24, 2006

Flash-based RIAs for cartographers

Here’s a pair of interesting examples of using Flash technology to build hosted applications for a very specialized market: 

  • Developed at Penn State, ColorBrewer is designed to facilitate selecting good color schemes for maps. To that end it makes it easy to test drive various options using a sample map.  The warning icons, indicating whether a particular scheme works well for  colorblind users, monochrome copiers, etc., are a nice touch.
  • UW Madison’s TypeBrewer, meanwhile, is "an online map design tool that lets mapmakers explore typography in a semi-structured environment."  It can preview more than 300 unique combos of typeface options; check your machine to see whether you have the fonts being previewed; and even generate a downloadable Illustrator template from the results.

From my perspective it’s cool to see the rise of highly focused, easy-to-use complements to larger design apps, developed in a way that makes them accessible to anyone with a computer, regardless of platform. [Via Colin Fleming]

[Update: If this kind of thing is up your alley, you might also want to check out Digital Vector Maps, purveyors of fine stock maps for Illustrator. [Via]]

Posted by John Nack at 7:45 AM on October 24, 2006


  • milo — 10:34 AM on October 24, 2006

    How come so less comments here?
    Anyway, interesting article, good links and nice writing. Thanks for the links provided, John.

  • Laurie W. — 5:06 AM on April 07, 2007

    We also provide another source for stock maps… at presentationmall.com

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