What do you do?
Rhumb Line Maps provides GIS and cartographic support for a variety of clients. This means that we primarily work on projects with specific products: GIS analyses, reference maps, thematic maps, instruction, tutorial videos, etc.
I want to make a map. Can you teach me?
Whether it's private tutoring, video lessons, interactive diagrams, written procedures, full classes, we can deliver content in whichever way best suits your learning style. Learning to make maps is like any craft: you should expect to start by making birdhouses and sheds before tackling a cathedral.
Cartography is a fun (albeit time-consuming) process; yet the tools you need to make a good map are available for anyone with an internet connection and a computer. Maps can span a wide variety of topics, so knowing which aspect of map-making you'd like to learn is a helpful place to start.
We prefer open source software but are well versed in the industry standard software packages. If you think you may want to learn how to make maps, check out the learn tab, the welcome page would be a good place to start.
Do you sell any maps?
Currently, all of the maps we make are owned and/or printed by the organizations and individuals that pay for the work. For a list of books with maps featuring RLM work, click here.
Look for a new line of maps for sale in the summer of 2018.
How much does it cost?
The natural response is: what are you looking for?
For maps of publishing quality, a simple Letter (8.5" x 11") or Tabloid (11" x 17") layout can run from anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars; this of course depends on data availability, processing time, scale, level of detail, number of layers, number of layouts, edits, etc.
Not sure of your scope and budget? Send an e-mail to Ben and set up a good time to chat.
What is a "rhumb line"?
For "Rhumb Line Maps" ... ? A metaphor.
In reality... it is a line of constant bearing when traveling on the surface of a geographic coordinate system. Mariners used to use them to make sure they'd arrive at their destination, even though the path actually traveled across the surface of the globe was often longer. Aircraft now use great circles . . . but why not have a soft spot for older methods of navigation?
If any of these ridiculous videos don't de-mystify it at all, then send me an e-mail and we can meet up for a beverage and discuss the metaphysical reasons for my appropriation of the loxodrome for my company's power-animal.