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Designing Better Maps : A Guide for GIS Users



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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.

Author Biography

Cynthia A. Brewer is an associate professor of geography and applied cartography at Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

The big picture on designp. 1
Type basicsp. 39
Effective type in map designp. 61
Color basicsp. 89
Color decisions for mappingp. 113
Customizing symbolsp. 141
Beyond default marginal elementsp. 163
ColorBrewerp. 184
RGB and CMYK specifications for color-blind map readersp. 199
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