Making Maps, Second Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS

Making Maps, Second Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS

by John Krygier, Denis Wood
     
 

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Acclaimed for its innovative use of visual material, this book is engaging, clear, and compelling—exactly how an effective map should be. Nearly every page is organized around maps and other figures (many in full color) that illustrate all aspects of map making, including instructive examples of both good and poor design choices. The book covers everything

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Acclaimed for its innovative use of visual material, this book is engaging, clear, and compelling—exactly how an effective map should be. Nearly every page is organized around maps and other figures (many in full color) that illustrate all aspects of map making, including instructive examples of both good and poor design choices. The book covers everything from locating and processing data to making decisions about layout, symbols, color, and type. Readers are invited to think critically about both the technical features and social significance of maps as they learn to create better maps of their own. New to this edition: extensively revised and expanded core chapters on map design; an annotated map design exemplar is used to show how the concepts in each chapter play out on an actual map; updated to reflect current technological developments; and larger size and redesigned pages make the book even more user friendly.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"The exemplars are thought-provoking reminders of what all maps can be....A source of inspiration for those interested in improving map design and the understanding of geospatial information. This volume is perfect for both geography/GIS collections and browsing collections. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above."
Journal of Planning Literature

"Should be examined by anyone charged with communicating issues and ideas through geography. Authored by two respected cartographers, this volume provides comprehensive and thorough instruction on virtually every aspect of map design. It is a great book for students who are just starting to create maps and for practitioners needing a refresher on the fundamentals of map design....The book's major strength is the enormous amount of practical how-to information that is packed into each section."
Journal of the American Planning Association

"I find this book's approach to key geospatial concepts to be extremely effective, user-friendly, and just plain helpful....Delivers useful map making insights, quickly, simply, and appropriately."
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education

"A comprehensive manual that explains how you can obtain data, organise and transform it, and query its accuracy....It's a highly illustrated book with each page having as much space devoted to maps and other figures as text....This makes the information succinct and immediately accessible, whether you're reading from cover to cover or using the book as a reference work....There are some brilliant literary map quotations that accompany each chapter and some intriguing un-annotated maps to consider. This book adds to the growing list of Guilford Press 'cartographic classics.'"
Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing

"The book is well written, utilizing language that can be easily understood by those with little or no experience in the art and science of cartography. The utilization of the Voyager flight throughout the book provides continuous examples of the topics discussed in each chapter. Each chapter concludes with a reference section for those who desire a more in-depth discussion of the concepts presented....Allows readers to quickly grasp the basic concepts of map-making and would serve as an excellent resource to anyone interested in map design or as a supplement to texts that utilize a more theoretical approach."
Environment and Planning B
The book looks great, and Krygier and Wood simplify the ideas in a practical and useful manner. I am using it as a key text for a year 2 map design course.—Environment and Planning B
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
This book is a compact, readable volume....It would be of interest to those teaching introductory cartography or GIS courses where map design issues are introduced....This volume would be useful as both a guide for instructors and as a textbook for the students....For people working in GIS settings, it would serve as an indispensable office reference to consult on a daily basis for assistance with mapping dilemmas...Making Maps is a visual adventure, with numerous maps and diagrams taking the place of the text....The illustrations are the focal point of each chapter, with the text relegated to a supporting role. By replacing pages of text with clear, concise visual examples, the authors manage to provide a wealth of material on the map making process in an economy of pages.—Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (on the prior edition)
From the Publisher

"Building on their solid first edition, Krygier and Wood have created a new and much richer follow-up. The second edition represents a serious reworking of subject matter and graphics. The book uses extraordinary map exemplars to address the full range of basic cartographic concepts and to demonstrate many subtle and advanced design techniques as well. Making Maps is appropriate for beginning to intermediate college cartography students and others who want to tap into the power of map creation. Addressing current social issues including map agendas, ethics, and democracy, it is the kind of book that will inspire readers and cultivate admiration for the field."--James E. Meacham, Senior Research Associate and InfoGraphics Lab Director, Department of Geography, University of Oregon "Krygier and Wood’s book should be used by anyone interested in the way the world looks, the way the world works, or the way the world should be. It remains the most accessible yet comprehensive guide of its kind. The second edition meets the needs and expectations of the 'Google generation' of map users while remaining true to the guiding principles that govern how maps look, work, and function. The very accessible, extensively illustrated format makes the book easily usable by students at all levels, as well as those taking steps to develop expertise in cartographic design."--Paul Longley, Department of Geography, University College London, United Kingdom

Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

"The book looks great, and Krygier and Wood simplify the ideas in a practical and useful manner. I am using it as a key text for a year 2 map design course."
Cartography

"What makes the book unique is that on each page illustrations highlight the idea under discussion; the text merely works in a supportive, explanatory role....Making Maps is a worthwhile investment for any who are looking to produce better maps without having to take a 101 course."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609181673
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
81 MB
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Meet the Author

John Krygier teaches in the Department of Geology and Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University, with teaching and research specializations in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental and human geography. He has published on map design, educational technology, cultural geography, multimedia in cartography, planning, the history of cartography, and participatory GIS.

Denis Wood curated the award-winning Power of Maps exhibition for the Smithsonian and writes widely about maps. A former professor of design at North Carolina State University, Wood is a currently an independent scholar living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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