My sister-in-law works for the Tampa Bay History Center and is working with a team to create an exhibition on maps. She'd like to interview a "video game map designer" to find out about what they do and ultimately put together a kid-friendly job description of a map designer.
"It would be ideal for us to feature someone who designs city-building games, or something with a strong map/geography/terrain component."
If anyone is a professional level designer and would be willing to provide an interview for part of the exhibit, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with her. She's under a short time-line, so please reply by Monday if possible. A full transcript of the exhibit is below.
In Sept. 2013, the Tampa Bay History Center will debut an exhibition of 150 historic Florida maps dating from the 16th century to present. In conjunction with the show, we are developing a Newspaper in Education (NIE) curriculum insert through the Tampa Bay Times (http://nieonline.com/tbtimes/supplements.cfm) which will be distributed to all 8th grade students and U.S. History teachers in our local school district. It will also be included as a special insert in the Sunday, Sept. 22 edition of the Times, reaching approx. 120,000 readers. This publication will use maps to tell the story of Florida’s exploration and development—and the evolution of mapping—over the past 500 years. We are looking for some modern-day “cartographers” who are mapping different realms—not only land and sea, but also space, the human body, and imagined worlds (in the form of computer gaming). We would like to feature these professionals to let students know about different and unexpected map-related career options.