Looking for that unique Christmas gift for the cartophile? In this interview with Ben Sheesley, one of the founders of Chicago-based Axis Maps, a mapping and geospatial tech company, he discusses letterpress, a manual printing technique that as it says on the Axis Maps website, hasn't changed since the days of the Gutenberg press. See these images of Washington D.C. and Chicago are good examples.
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions, saving the organization millions of dollars in printing and updating. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, about the move to digital.