Previously I've posted about TileMill and how much I've enjoyed using it and how impressed I am with its cartographic results. Since then I've been delving deeper into creating topographic maps from locally sourced data, and trying to replicate map designs that have been created in Adobe Illustrator and porting them to TileMill. Now this hasn't been a simple process and has taken much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair to get the TileMill designs to as close as possible replicate the Illustrator design.
Most people look at a map as merely a tool, an instrument of information which they can use to gain a better understanding about the world around them.
However, in reality maps are much more than that; maps are a unique combination of art and science, bringing together beauty and colour with fact and detail.
Anyone can sketch out a rough outline of a map, but it takes true talent and determination to create a map that is both factually accurate and beautiful to look at - this is where a custom cartographic service comes in.