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Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589480896
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 363,880
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia A. Brewer is map and atlas design consultant for the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Health Statistics, and National Park Service. She is an associate professor of geography and applied cartography at Pennsylvania State University and the designer and editor of ColorBrewer, a web tool for selecting map color schemes. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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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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