Hi, I’m Geoff. You may know me as Foomandoonian.

Self portrait I know how to index a GIF and when to use a JPEG or PNG. I know what a process colour is and when to use spot colours. I know what a Bézier spline is and can use one. I know what a UV map is, and when a procedural texture might be better. I know what blending modes are, and the difference between ‘lighten’ and ‘screen’. Aspect ratios and resolutions do not confuse me. I know what an f-stop is and how to make good use of depth of field. I kern. I know why style sheets cascade. I know what a canonical URL is and can tell you everything you really need to know about SEO in twenty minutes. I can produce excellent compositions and usually tell you why. I know the meaning of far too many acronyms.

I learned all these things for fun. Do you want to know more?

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Monster map

While researching map design, I came across the fascinating Cartographers’ Guild and, on a whim, decided to enter their mapping challenge for May 2014: to design a map that monsters might have created. This is what I came up with:

Monster map

The concept is pretty basic: A primitive tribe of monstrous folk live in the mountains and prey on several surrounding human communities for their food and supplies. They don’t have a well developed written language, so they’ve marked points of interest on their maps using pictograms and other symbols. It’s like a hobo code. They’re mostly interested in food and threats, so the symbols include bread and livestock (farmers), fish, villages and cities etc. They also mark on weapons to indicate how dangerous the people are in those areas.

It’s a small map because they travel by foot and this is basically their whole world and it lacks sophistication because they do.

As I write this the votes aren’t all in, but I’m pleased to see that my entry seems to be in the lead!

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