Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users

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Overview

Designing Better Maps is written specifically for people not trained in cartography who nonetheless need to create maps as part of their regular work. This book covers the essentials of sound map design, showing readers how to design better maps; design for purpose and audience; consider the relationship between resolution and viewing distance; select appropriate fonts and symbols; choose intuitive colors that serve the content; arrange scale bars, legends, and other map elements into organized layouts; and choose and apply appropriate export options.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589480896
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 565,329
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia A. Brewer is a professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches introductory cartography and map design courses and advises graduate students working in cartography. She has worked as a map and atlas design consultant for the U.S. Census Bureau, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, and National Park Service. She is the author of Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users.

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Table of Contents

1 The big picture on design 1
2 Type basics 39
3 Effective type in map design 61
4 Color basics 89
5 Color decisions for mapping 113
6 Customizing symbols 141
7 Beyond default marginal elements 163
App ColorBrewer 184
App RGB and CMYK specifications for color-blind map readers 199
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