Principles of Map Design

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Overview

This Authoritative, Reader-Friendly Introductory Text Presents Core Principles of Good map design that apply regardless of production methods or technical approach. The book addresses the crucial questions that arise at each step of making a map: Who is the audience? What is the purpose of the map? Where and how will it be used? Students get the knowledge needed to make sound decisions about data, typography, color, projections, scale, symbols, and nontraditional mapping and advanced visualization techniques. The book's utility is enhanced by over 200 illustrations, including 23 color plates; suggested readings at the end of each chapter; a glossary; and recommended Web resources. All of the figures are also available online as PowerPoint slides.

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Editorial Reviews

ArcUser

"This clearly written textbook focuses on the principles of making maps. Not a how-to book, its goal is translating and summarizing current cartographic thought and practice and making this information accessible to students."--ArcUser
Society of Cartographers Bulletin

"Judith Tyner is eminently qualified to provide us with a textbook of this ilk having taught all aspects of cartography over approximately 35 years, spanning the most interesting and fast changing period of development in modern cartography. This book brings us right up to date in a clear and readable manner supporting the traditional principles many feel have been lost in the growing output of mapping from Geographic Information Systems....With the decline of college and university courses teaching cartography, and the increasing use of maps in many guises both in the work place and for recreational use, there is a need for a good textbook to bring practitioners up to date, and also to reinvigorate the principles of good design in the cartographic process. Judith Tyner's book provides just such a text, and it is also well illustrated with a pleasingly clean design and layout."--Society of Cartographers Bulletin
From the Publisher

"From a respected cartographer, this is a well-written and easy-to-understand textbook for an introductory course in cartography or map design. A major advantage of this book is that it does not focus on specific GIS software; rather, the design principles can be applied to any GIS software used to make maps. Design considerations for exciting new mapping technologies--such as web mapping, animated and interactive maps, and maps for the visually impaired--are also covered."--Michael Leitner, PhD, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University; Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science

"Tyner draws on years of experience to return a design-driven approach to the introductory cartography text. She weaves together practical and theoretical considerations in discussions that focus on an understanding of meaning rather than memorization of definitions and equations. Instructors will find the chapter featuring six 'map makeovers' to be particularly useful for teaching students the crucial skills of map editing and redesign."--Margaret Pearce, PhD, Department of Geography, Ohio University

"As map design increasingly becomes dictated by software default options, students and professionals need a better grounding in the basic principles and conventions of cartography. Using numerous graphic examples, Tyner shows how to make appropriate design choices to effectively communicate spatial information."--Dennis Fitzsimons, PhD, Geography Department, Humboldt State University

"Tyner has given us a concise, readable book that summarizes principles of map design. It will be especially valuable to those specializing in GIS who want a clear working knowledge of map planning, symbols, typography, and common thematic maps."--Eugene Turner, PhD, Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606235447
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 914,313
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Judith A. Tyner, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. She taught in the Geography Department for over 35 years, where she served as Department Chair for 6 years and as Director of the Cartography/GIS Certificate Program from its inception (1980) until her retirement. While at California State Dr. Tyner taught beginning and advanced cartography, map reading and interpretation, history of cartography, and remote sensing. She is a member of the Association of American Geographers, the North American Cartographic Information Society, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and the California Map Society. She is the author of two previous textbooks and over 30 articles.
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Table of Contents

Part I Map Design

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Chapter 2 Planning and Composition 18

Chapter 3 Text Material and Typography 43

Chapter 4 Color in Cartographic Design 57

Part II The Geographic and Cartographic Framework

Chapter 5 Scale, Compilation, and Generalization 73

Chapter 6 The Earth's Graticule and Projections 91

Part III Symbolization

Chapter 7 Basics of Symbolization 131

Chapter 8 Symbolizing Geographic Data 146

Chapter 9 Multivariate Mapping 178

Part IV Nontraditional Mapping

Chapter 10 Cartograms and Diagrams 189

Chapter 11 Continuity and Change in the Computer Era 200

Part V Critique of Maps

Chapter 12 Putting It All Together 213

Appendices

Appendix A Commonly Used Projections 225

Appendix B Resources 229

Appendix C Glossary 233

Bibliography 245

Index 251

About the Author 259

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