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Apr 16, 2012 5:54am

hachures

Hachures are an old way of representing relief on a map. They usually look a bit like this, and they’re usually hand-drawn:

I’ve been playing some some simple algorithmic ways to generate hachure patterns with input elevation data.

They’re rather New Aesthetic, with the regular-spaced grid based this pattern that encodes slope and aspect together:

You can align the marks with the slope, or across it (as with contour lines). The latter results in some pretty blocky-looking hills; my feelings about these are mixed:

I especially enjoy the smooth appearance of hills in San Francisco using the orientation along the slope. Things get even more interesting when minimal labels are added on top:

Also, good things happen at relative-low zoom levels, where the relative size of hills and marks gives everything a spiny, written-on appearance:

Have a look through a collection of renders for more examples.

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