Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users / Edition 1

Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users / Edition 1

by Cynthia Brewer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589480899

ISBN-13: 2901589480895

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: ESRI Press

Describing how to build balanced map layouts suited to varied mapping goals, this guide focuses on export options that suit different media and can be edited in other applications. The wide range of text characteristics needed for expert map design as well as how to improve map readability with type effects such as character spacing, leading, callouts, shadows, and

Overview

Describing how to build balanced map layouts suited to varied mapping goals, this guide focuses on export options that suit different media and can be edited in other applications. The wide range of text characteristics needed for expert map design as well as how to improve map readability with type effects such as character spacing, leading, callouts, shadows, and halos is detailed. Tips are included for using font tools in the Windows operating system, such as creating special characters in map text, as is information on using text characteristics to indicate feature locations, categories, and hierarchies on maps. How cartographic conventions guide placement of labels for point, line, and area features are also explained.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901589480895
Publisher:
ESRI Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

BIG PICTURE ON DESIGN

Designing for map purpose

Audience

Linking layout to map purpose

Visual hierarchy in layout

Map projections in design

Shape within layout

*Choosing projection properties

*Following conventions

Planning a layout

Balancing empty spaces

*Template design for series

Refining a layout

Experimentation and critique

Chapter 2

*BASEMAP ELEMENTS

*Landforms

*Terrain shading

*Elevation [contours, hypso]

*Curvature

*Land use

*Imagery

*Land cover

*Zoning

*Base overlay

*Hydrography

*Boundaries

*Roads [†6.23-6.26 fig/text here]

*Points of interest

Chapter 3

MARGINAL ELEMENTS

Map legends

Data legends

*Basemap elements in legends

Customizing legends

Wise wording

Hierarchy in text content

Describing mapped calculations

Attending to line logic

Refining marginal elements

Scale indicators

Direction indicators

Overdoing decoration

*Chapter 4

*PUBLISHING

†Designing for map media

*Resolution and scale

†Resolution and viewing distance

†Color quality

*Multiscale mapping

*ScaleMaster

*Eliminating features through scale

*Generalization

†Choosing export options

†Raster export formats

†Vector export formats

†Web distribution [add caching]

†Color to grayscale printing

*Ownership and permissions

*Using GIS services

*Using open source content

*Copyright and citation

Chapter 5

TYPE BASICS

Fonts

Categories of fonts

Fonts in Windows

Type styles and font families

Special characters

Label size

Character size

Character spacing

Line spacing

Type effects

Callouts

Shadows

Halos

Chapter 6

EFFECTIVE TYPE IN MAP DESIGN

Map text

Graphic map text

Dynamic labeling

Annotation

Labels as symbols

Indicators of location

Indicators of feature category

Indicators of feature hierarchy

Ambiguity and contradiction

Label placement

Point label placement

Line label placement

Area label placement

Dense labels and trade-offs

Chapter 7

COLOR BASICS

Perceptual dimensions

Hue

Lightness

Saturation

Perceptual color systems

Three-dimensional color spaces

HSV: Hue-saturation-value

Color cubes

How to mix color

General guidelines

CMYK mixing

RGB mixing

Chapter 8

COLOR DECISIONS FOR MAPPING

Color schemes for maps

Sequential schemes

Diverging schemes

Qualitative schemes

*Bivariate color schemes

*Using transparency

*Sequential-sequential

*Diverging-diverging

*Qualitative-sequential

Adjusting color selections

Unexpected color changes

Colors for the color blind

Custom color ramps

Chapter 9

CUSTOMIZING SYMBOLS

Point symbols

Point symbol size

Point symbol shapes

Point symbol angle

Line and area symbols

Line symbol size

Line symbol patterns

Area patterns

Individual visual variables

Visual variables for ordered data

Visual variables for qualitative data

*Multivariate symbol combinations

Appendix

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