The Look of Maps

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-15
  • Publisher: Esri Pr

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Originally published in 1952, The Look of Maps documents Arthur H. Robinsonrs"s pivotal observation that the discipline of cartography rests at the crossroads of science and art. Based on his doctoral research, this book attempts to resolve the apparent disconnect by covering a range of topics related to the visual characteristics of cartographic technique, including: lettering, structure, and color. Robinson offers advice that even the modern cartographer will find relevant: adopt a "healthy questioning attitude" in order to improve and refine the graphic techniques used to present information visually through maps. The Look of Maps is a classic text and an essential component to any cartographic library.

Author Biography

Arthur H.  Robinson authored and co-authored many influential books and articles, including Elements of Cartography, The Nature of Maps and Early Thematic Mapping in the History of Cartography. Robinson was the first editor of The American Cartographer. In 1981, in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contribution to the theory and development of cartography and in recognition of his leadership in cartographic education and research, Arthur Robinson was awarded the Dr. Carl M. Mannerfelt Medal by the International Cartographic Association.

Table of Contents

Toward a better cartographyp. 3
The cartographic techniquep. 7
Cartography as a visual techniquep. 16
The importance of letteringp. 25
The style of letteringp. 31
The employment of letteringp. 43
Map structurep. 55
Map designp. 65
Color in cartographyp. 75
The employment of colorp. 85
A selected bibliographyp. 101
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