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GIS Cartography

A Guide to Effective Map Design, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Gretchen N. Peterson

CRC Press

318 pages | 232 B/W Illus.

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Description

In the five years since the publication of the first edition of A Guide to Effective Map Design, cartography and software have become further intertwined. However, the initial motivation for publishing the first edition is still valid: many GISers enter the field without so much as one hour of design instruction in their formal education. Yet they are then tasked with creating one the most effective, easily recognized communication tools: a map.

See What’s New in the Second Edition

  • Projection theory
  • Hexagonal binning
  • Big Data point density maps
  • Scale dependent map design
  • 3D building modeling
  • Digital cartography and its best practices
  • Updated graphics and references
  • Study questions and lab exercises at the end of each chapter

In this second edition of a bestseller, author Gretchen Peterson takes a "don’t let the technology get in the way" approach to the presentation, focusing on the elements of good design, what makes a good map, and how to get there, rather than specific software tools. She provides a reference that you can thumb through time and again as you create your maps. Copiously illustrated, the second edition explores novel concepts that kick-start your pursuit of map-making excellence. The book doesn’t just teach you how to design and create maps, it teaches you how to design and create better maps.

Reviews

"Students and novice map designers will benefit greatly by this resource, but even the seasoned cartographic professional can glean some useful information from it."

The GIS Professional, July/August 2015

"This book is an excellent text for the practicing GIS professional and for anyone who wants to know both the theoretical as well as practical underpinnings of Cartography."

—Jack Dangermond, Esri President

"… Ms. Peterson provides easy-to-understand, detailed guidance on creating effective mapped communications. an excellent resource for geo-professionals and early career mapmakers alike. … significantly contributes to better communications between mapmakers and the decision makers and consumers who need to understand phenomena being mapped. I highly recommend it to readers who want to tell the story of their studies in maps and don't want limitations in design to detract from their important analytical message."

—J. Edward Pickle,Chief Executive Officer, Boundless

" … Gretchen Peterson demystifies successful cartographic communication. She reveals that it is not talent or templates that make great maps; it is the insightful coordination of each graphic element. In user-friendly language, Peterson presents insight that cartographers and GIS professionals — at all levels — can use to improve the quality of the work."

—Dave Imus, Imus Geographics

Table of Contents

Introduction

On Design Experience

Constructive Criticism

What Is a Geoprofessional?

Tick-Tock Goes the Clock

Why Good Design Matters

Audience

How to Use This Book

Skipping the How-Tos to Get Straight to the Good Stuff

Relative Map Scales

Endnotes

Creative Inspiration

You Can Be Creative

Doing

Seeing

An Example of How to See

Applying All of This to Your Map

Summary and Final Prodding

Creative Maps

A Few Places to Start Seeing Art from Your Desktop

Endnotes

Exercise

Layout Design

All Together Now

Layout Checklist

Element Details and Examples

Style

Context

Arrangement

Emphasis Maps and Wireframes

Simplicity versus Complexity

Margins

Balance

Endnotes

Suggestions for Further Reading

Study Questions

Exercises

Fonts

Choosing the Right Font

Serif versus Sans Serif

Modifying the Font

Placing the Text

Text Direction

Study Questions

Resources

Endnotes

Color

Color Theory

RGB

Hexadecimal

HSV

HSL

CMYK

CIELAB

Rules

Inspiration

Grayscale Modern

Endnotes

Resources

Study Questions

Exercises

Features

Roads

Rivers and Streams

Bodies of Water

Cities and Towns

Political Boundaries

Fuzzy Features

Parcels

Currents

Wind

Temperature

Land Use and Land Cover

Trails

Utilities

Impervious Surface

Basins

Buildings

Soils

Geology

Endnotes

Suggestions for Further Reading

Study Questions

Exercises

Static Maps

DPI

Export Formats and Workflow

Slides

Presentation Style: Fast or Slow, Busy or Simple?

Reports

Posters

Dual Purposes

Endnotes

Suggestions for Further Reading

Study Questions

Exercise

Projections

Distortions: Where Projections Fall Flat

Map Considerations: Choosing a Suitable Projection

Directional Types

Choosing a Projection in the Real World

Endnotes

Resources

Study Questions

Exercises

Zoom-Level Design

Zoom Levels and Scales

Zoom Fields

Incremental Styling

Repetition

Testing a Multizoom Design

Endnotes

Resources

Study Questions

Exercises

Appendix A: Layout Sketches

Appendix B: Map Examples

Appendix C: Color Swatches

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM060000
COMPUTERS / Internet / General
SCI031000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems