The first Geo DC meetup of the year is tonight, January 11, at 7:00 pm at Stetson’s Bar and Grill, and will focus on the user experience behind maps. Our cartographer AJ will present on the design and user experience of maps integrated into websites, such as the World Bank’s climate change maps, and map-based web interfaces like you see on the Opportunity Index. He’ll run through key points to keep in mind when designing online maps and interfaces that users enjoy, understand, and get more meaning out of.

Tim Deegan from Forum One will talk about how map design has evolved over the years and touch on some of the latest thinking in user experience, and Andy Chosak from the Mobility Lab will talk about designing Transit Near Me, an application that shows transit services near your current location.

The Geo DC meetup happens once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. The next meetup will be on February 1 and will focus on slum mapping. For updates, join the meetup group and follow @geonerdsdc on Twitter.

See you tonight!