"So, what do you do?"
"I am a cartgrapher."
"I make maps"
"OH! I LOVE MAPS!"
"Yes, I get that a lot and it is a great job."
"But wait, hasn't everything already been mapped?"
This is how it often goes, but as cartographers this is one of the most enjoyable exchanges we have.
It's hard to find someone who doesn't love maps. In our day to day activities we see people who take it even one step further. I work with people who are nuts over road maps, they actually get updates to highways emailed to them. I work with people who are fanatical about boundaries and can instantly pick out the improper boundary of Finland, for example, depending on the year of the map. This is what we do, and we love it. Photoshop addicts, who think about the best way to bring out the shading of a hill. Energy like this will be gathering in one week from today for the mapgiving kick-off. The Wayfinders will be uniting, some meeting for the first time, to apply the love of this craft to our very deserving client.
Do you love maps too? We're considering making some additional buttons if there is interest.