Principles of Map Design

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-03-25
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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This authoritative, reader-friendly 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.
Pedagogical Features:
*Over 200 illustrations (also available at the companion website as PowerPoint slides), including 23 color plates
*Suggested readings at the end of each chapter.
*Recommended Web resources.
*Instructive glossary

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

I. Map Design
1. Introduction
2. Planning and Composition
3. Text Material and Typography
4. Color in Cartographic Design
II. Geographic and Cartographic Framework
5. Scale, Compilation, and Generalization
6. The Earth's Graticule and Projections
III. Symbolization
7. Basics of Symbolization
8. Symbolizing Geographic Data
9. Multivariate Mapping
IV. Nontraditional Mapping
10. Cartograms and Diagrams
11. Continuity and Change in the Computer Era
 V. Critique of Maps
12. Putting It All Together
Appendix A. Commonly Used Projections
Appendix B. Resources
Appendix C. Glossary

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