GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design, Second Edition (Hardback)
  • GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design, Second Edition (Hardback)

GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design, Second Edition (Hardback)

Hardback 317 Pages / Published: 30/06/2014
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In the five years since the publication of the first edition of A Guide to Effective Map Design, cartography and software have become further intertwined. However, the initial motivation for publishing the first edition is still valid: many GISers enter the field without so much as one hour of design instruction in their formal education. Yet they are then tasked with creating one the most effective, easily recognized communication tools: a map.

See What's New in the Second Edition

Projection theoryHexagonal binningBig Data point density mapsScale dependent map design3D building modelingDigital cartography and its best practicesUpdated graphics and referencesStudy questions and lab exercises at the end of each chapter

In this second edition of a bestseller, author Gretchen Peterson takes a "don't let the technology get in the way" approach to the presentation, focusing on the elements of good design, what makes a good map, and how to get there, rather than specific software tools. She provides a reference that you can thumb through time and again as you create your maps. Copiously illustrated, the second edition explores novel concepts that kick-start your pursuit of map-making excellence. The book doesn't just teach you how to design and create maps, it teaches you how to design and create better maps.

Publisher: Apple Academic Press Inc.
ISBN: 9781482220674
Number of pages: 317
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


"Students and novice map designers will benefit greatly by this resource, but even the seasoned cartographic professional can glean some useful information from it."
-The GIS Professional, July/August 2015

"This book is an excellent text for the practicing GIS professional and for anyone who wants to know both the theoretical as well as practical underpinnings of Cartography."
-Jack Dangermond, Esri President

"... Ms. Peterson provides easy-to-understand, detailed guidance on creating effective mapped communications. ... an excellent resource for geo-professionals and early career mapmakers alike. ... significantly contributes to better communications between mapmakers and the decision makers and consumers who need to understand phenomena being mapped. I highly recommend it to readers who want to tell the story of their studies in maps and don't want limitations in design to detract from their important analytical message."
-J. Edward Pickle, Chief Executive Officer, Boundless

" ... Gretchen Peterson demystifies successful cartographic communication. She reveals that it is not talent or templates that make great maps; it is the insightful coordination of each graphic element. In user-friendly language, Peterson presents insight that cartographers and GIS professionals - at all levels - can use to improve the quality of the work."
-Dave Imus, Imus Geographics

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