Map Chat with Ginny Mason | February 28

Our monthly speaker series, Map Chat, kicks off this semester with an exceptional guest: award winning cartographer (and UW–Madison alumna) Ginny Mason. Join us on February 28, 2024, at 12 p.m. Central Time via Zoom or meet us in Science Hall Room 110.*

With a talk titled “Best practices for designing maps and telling your cartographic story,” Ginny will be talking about the best practices for designing effective maps, and will share her most often seen pitfalls to help you avoid the telltale signs of amateur cartography. She will walk through some projects she has worked on in her career in hopes to inspire your own professional path in GIS and cartography.

*Note: this Map Chat is only for members of the UW–Madison community. For GISPP students and alumni, the link will be provided in Slack. If you cannot access the GISPP Slack, please reach out to Janelle ( or Chris (

This Map Chat is co-sponsored by the Cartography Lab.

About Ginny

Ginny Mason is an award-winning cartographer with a passion for creating and designing maps that tell stories. With over 20 years experience, her work has been recognized by the Society of News Design, The British Cartographic Society, ESRI, Avenza, and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. She has served the cartographic community through her involvement with the North American Cartographic Information Society, holding various leadership positions over many years.

Ginny holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Professionally, she has worked as a Cartographer at the Library of Congress, serving members of Congress on topics related to public policy and legislation change. She is a former Senior Graphics Editor for Maps at National Geographic Magazine, and is now Head of Cartography at S&P Global Commodity Insights, where she leads a team that visualizes stories about our world’s energy resources.