GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design

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Overview

Maps, either printed or digital, can create effective communication with bosses, clients, other scientists, and the public. However, entry level GISers often find that map design was given short shrift in their pre-professional life. It is time for the GIS field, which is maturing in other ways, to improve its skills in this area. Based on the author’s more than ten years of research and practice in map design, GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design provides the tools to create truly sophisticated maps.

Packed full of in-depth information and advice, this book covers all facets of map creation. It covers classic cartographic standards such as colors, fonts, data specific mapping techniques; cultivation of creative skills, and supplies recommendations for novel design approaches. Featuring a down-to-earth writing style, the book includes a layout element checklist, font size charts, geologic color standards, file format pros and cons, and examples of layout designs. A companion Web site, hosted by the author, provides more learning materials, a free downloadable poster covering key content from this book, and links to other helpful Web sites.

The book does not focus on any particular software platform, therefore does not contain the traditional screen shot format with "click on this" and "use this menu" type of instructions. This format allows the guide to be used with any map making software. The author draws on classic map-design concepts, the latest design theory, and other disciplines, demonstrating how to create end results that exemplify what map ought to be: clear, informative, and uniquely suited to their purpose.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420082135
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 820,476
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gretchen Peterson is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and the founder and principal of PetersonGIS. Her work focuses on analysis of geographic data to solve natural resources management issues. In the course of this work, she has made innumerable maps and map- related products that present results elegantly and informatively. She is based near Seattle, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

No Design Experience? No Worries

Full Disclosure

What Is a "GISer"?

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

Companion Web Site

End Notes

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

A Few Places to Start Seeing Art from Your Desktop

End Notes

Layout Design

All Together Now

Wait! Stop!

Layout Checklist

Element Details and Examples

Style

Suggestions for Further Reading

End Notes

Fonts

Choosing the Right Font

Modifying the Font

Point Size

Placing the Text

Text Direction

Resources

End Notes

Color

Color Theory

Inspiration

Resources

End Notes

Features

Roads

Rivers and Streams

Showing Hierarchy

Bodies of Water

Cities and Towns

Political Boundaries

Fuzzy Features

Parcels

Currents

Wind

Temperature

Land Use and Land Cover

Trails

Utilities

Impervious Surface

Basins

Building Footprints

Soils

Geology

Suggestions for Further Reading

End Notes

Media

Slides

Reports

Posters

Web

Dual Purposes

DPI

Export Considerations

Suggestions for Further Reading

End Notes

Appendix A: Layout Sketches

Appendix B: Map Examples

Appendix C: Color Swatches

Index

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