- Hardcover: 246 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press (8 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420082132
- ISBN-13: 978-1420082135
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,818,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design Hardcover – 8 Apr 2009
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About the Author
Gretchen Peterson is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and the founder and principal of PetersonGIS. Her work focuses on analysis of geographic data to solve natural resources management issues. In the course of this work, she has made innumerable maps and map- related products that present results elegantly and informatively. She is based near Seattle, Washington.
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This book does an excellent job in explaining many of the concepts and principles involved in map design. The book contains a lot of information on what the cartographer must think about when creating a map; core elements include layout design, fonts, colors, features, and media involved in presenting the map. The overriding message is that a good map takes a lot of work and effort.
I highly recommend this book for anyone making maps- regardless whether they are novices or experienced cartographers and for anyone who is asking someone to make a map for them. I have been making maps for over 20 years; this book is a wonderful addition to my current collection of books on cartography.
Whether you are deep into your GIS career or a day-one graduate, I think there is quite a lot to be learned from "GIS Cartography".
I liked how the book did not focus on a single software package, but provides ideas that could be applied across the board. The examples and topics are presented in a more up to date application. This allows for the incorporation of new media like PowerPoint slides and web maps. Although this book was written with the early career professional in mind, it has a lot of good stuff for everyone no matter the career level.
A few areas that really stood out to me included the challenge of learning to be creative with map design. Observing art and other non map designs help stimulate the creative juices. There is also an excellent detailed layout design checklist. Each element is discussed extensively throughout the chapter. Another helpful area was map fonts. Learning when to use certain fonts, understanding map viewing distance and its correlation to the font size, and understanding the importance of text direction are some of the topics discussed in the font chapter.
I highly recommend this book. It is a great reference book for the beginning cartographer to the seasoned professional. I keep it within arms reach on my desk.
I have been working in the civil engineering consulting world for the last 11 years. I have certainly created a lot of maps in that time frame, and Gretchen is correct in that I don't have any training in design. I found this book to be a very practical and easy to read guide for understanding the elements of good map design.
The book is not software specific, and not even GIS specific. If you make maps of any type in your line of work this will be a helpful resource to get you off on the right foot, and something to refer back to for guidance on how to create a well designed, better communicating, map.
"The good cartographer is both a scientist and an artist. He must have a through knowledge of his subject and model, the Earth...He must have the ability to generalize intelligently and to make a right selection of the features to show. These are represented by means of lines or colors; and the effective use of lines or colors requires more than knowledge of the subject - it requires artistic judgement." Erwin Josephus Raisz