Kansas Association of Mappers

2022 Class Schedule

Graphic Design for Mapping Professionals


  • 8 am to 5 pm, August 19, 2022
  • Douglas County Zoning and Codes, 3755 E 25th St, Lawrence, KS
  • Morning Instructors: Jared Tremblay, Flint Hills MPO and Will Trimble, Data Access and Support Center (DASC)
  • Afternoon Instructor: Kent Smith, School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas
  • Cost: $125 KAM Members / $175 Non-KAM Members

Morning session:
Inkscape and Gimp, Vector and Raster Open Source Graphic Editing Software

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to two of the most popular open source (free) graphic design softwares for vector and raster files, Inkscape and GIMP. With the novice in mind, this course will highlight how Inkscape and GIMP can be used to increase mapping efficiency and expand cartographic and design possibilities. The first part of the course will be an overview of features, followed by potential applications/examples, and conclude with several hands-on projects/examples. Both Inkscape and GIMP can be simple programs to learn and used in conjunction with or in lieu of, ArcGIS for mapping projects.

Afternoon session:
Exploring Graphic Design through Mapping

In this workshop, participants will expand their map-making skillsets while they learn about design fundamentals and explore different methods for conveying information using visual abstracts, symbols, icons and index.

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