When Maps Go DigitalPosted by Penny in Articles
I arrived at college in 1984 with my electric typewriter and a bit of BASIC learned in high school. I was a geography major, and learned to make maps in a cartography lab with vellum, ink, light tables, X-acto knives, and rub-on letters. I stopped using the electric typewriter within a year or two. Mapmaking was also changing rapidly. While making this gallery, I found a great pair of photos on the Commons to capture the moment of change:
Eunice ‘Biki’ Wilson, 1984
Geography Department, 1986
These photos were taken at the London School of Economics, two years apart. The photo on the left, taken in 1984, shows a cartographer in the Geography Department, Eunice Wilson, working on a map of Great Britain. She’s holding a pen, and two rotary phones are visible nearby. The photo on the right is taken in 1986, also in the Geography Department, but here the woman working on a map of France is using a handheld device (maybe a scanner), and a single-drive Macintosh computer is nearby. Another computer is behind her.
Are both women using the same model desk lamp? Maybe; some designs are classic.