This talk took place on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in The Great Hall at The Cooper Union as part of the Typographics Conference. This recording was made possible by a generous sponsorship from Google Fonts.
While early maps featured hand-lettered labels and copperplate engravings, modern maps are built with satellites, code, and data. They are self-healing systems, thanks to sensors and computer vision. You can pinch, zoom, and alter the pitch and bearing of a map in order to see a global view or drill down to street-level detail. Today, developers and designers have become cartographers, equipped with powerful tools for building beautiful custom maps on top of real data. Typography—which plays a key role in contemporary maps—must be able to scale, show hierarchy, and maintain the legibility of information.
Amy Lee Walton designs at the intersection of data and context. Serving as designer and navigator at platform company, Mapbox, Amy Lee never wants to experience a bad map again. At Mapbox she works as Designer, Experience and Engagement Lead where she explains complex mapping and cartographic concepts while building bridges to help designers push the future of mapping experiences. She has led workshops at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), Design Week Portland, Design Week Tallahassee, and Baltimore Data Day. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts (CA) Insights, Wired Design, the Revision Path podcast, NPR: All Tech Considered, and The Atlas of Design, Volume III.
Amy Lee holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she coalesced graphic design with physical computing and digital fabrication. Seasoned in the Pacific Northwest and born in Cincinnati Ohio, Amy Lee loves cloudy coffee days and eats her chili over pasta and under cheddar.