2nd Edition

GIS Cartography
A Guide to Effective Map Design, Second Edition




ISBN 9781482220674
Published May 23, 2014 by CRC Press
318 Pages 232 B/W Illustrations

USD $125.00

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Book 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.

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

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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

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