Maps are tools used to understand space, discover territories, communicate information, and explain the results of geographical analysis. This practical handbook is about thematic cartography. With more than 120 colorful extraordinary illustrations, numerous boxed texts, definitions and helpful tools, this step by step introduction to cartography is both, the art of understanding the world and a powerful tool for explaining it. Through many hands-on tests, the reader will learn how to produce an interesting and communicative map applied to any spatial theme.
Written by experienced scholars and experts in cartography, this book is an excellent resource for undergraduate students and non-cartographers interested in designing, understanding, and interpreting maps. It includes practical exercises explained in the form of a game and it provides a concise, accessible, and current address of cartographic principles, allowing readers to go deeper into cartographic design. It can be read from beginning to end like an essay, or just by dipping into it for information as needed.
Introduction. A Brief History of Cartography. Geographical Information. The Base Map. The Role of Data. Acquisition and Processing Data. The Language of Cartography. Visual Variables to Differentiate Maps. Visual Variables for Ordered Perception. Visual Variables for Proportional Perception. Solutions for Statistical Cartography. Designing a Map. Beyond Visual Variables. Other Cartographic Presentations. Layout. Style. Layout and Staging. Conclusions. The Map-maker's Toolbox. The Map-maker's Data. The Map-maker's Words