My name is Damien Saunder and I visualise spatial things

I currently work at Apple on Maps

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Cartography), RMIT University, Australia
  • UX Certificate Program, Bentley University, MA, United States


  • Head of Cartography at Apple
  • Director of Cartography at National Geographic
  • Spatial Data Analyst for Roger Federer (Golden Set Analytics)
  • Chief Cartographer on the World’s Largest Atlas
  • Spatial Data Analyst for the Hawthorn Football Club
  • Co-chair, International Cartographic Association Commission (ICA) on Map Design
  • Editorial Board Member, British Cartographic Journal
  • Published maps in over 115 publications


  • Winner – Best Cartographic Research Paper, 2013 (British Cartographic Journal)
  • Winner – EARTH, World’s Best Atlas, 2009 (International Cartographic Association)
  • Winner – EARTH, Most Outstanding Cartographic Product, 2009  (International Map Industry Association)
  • Winner – Australian Book of the Year, 2009 (Australian Galley Club Awards)
  • Nomination – RMIT University Alumni of the Year 2009 for distinction and significant contribution to the field of cartography


damien at demap dot com dot au