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GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design 0th Edition
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Peterson maintains a cartography blog at www.gretchenpeterson.com, is a co-founder of Ignite Spatial Northern Colorado, publishes technical articles in leading geo media outlets, and runs PetersonGIS. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an easy to read, well written book that is very useful for new and veteran GIS users.
The language and recommendations around visual design are at best novice, misleading and vague. I don't advocate books be longer than they need to be but this was just too brief, especially given the price and the cursory treatment of some topics. At least there is some detail on colour theory. I fear that many people will read this book and continue to churn out hideous-looking maps and GIS products.
I applaud Gretchen for writing such an accessible and informative book but I just wish she had done some research and studied graphic design to ensure a well-rounded book, although I suspect that what I expected to see in this book may be covered in her second book, Cartographer's Toolkit.
The book packs lots of good advice for the cartographer and individual in general who is working in the field of map design. Today there is a wealth of sources with which anybody who has access to GIS software can create very interestings maps. However designing well designed and communicative maps has, apart from general design and color principles, also some very specific knowledge that is particular to map design. Petersons book discusses these topics effectively and yes, the book is generously illustrated with lots of color illustrations.
The physical compact format makes it an ideal and compact book to keep with you and look things up when in doubt on a particular cartographic design problem. It would have been nice to see a small section on genrally used map projections and when the use of one projection might be better than another. Maybe something for a next edition.
Overall a nice and compact book on the topic creating communicative maps.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what I was looking for. Well organized, easy to understand, and my favorite aspect is the author challenges your creativity. I am very pleased with my purchase.Published 21 months ago by mark loseth
Great book - lots of terrific, practical guidance on GIS map presentation. Keep it simple and clear! I also really enjoyed Gretchen's section on presentations. Read morePublished 21 months ago by B. Bearden
It's hard to teach a subject like cartography or design in general without providing the reader any good example. And this is just what this book is about. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paolo Palmero
helpful for cartography but not as great or informative as the GIS book by PRICE. However it was an easy readPublished on March 30, 2013 by billi
more convenient nowadays to have an e-book. Specially being a textbook for my class at school instead of having to carry a physical bookPublished on February 18, 2013 by jaime
I remember the day it arrived. I remember thinking, "I paid *that* for *this*? Glad I went to Amazon!" But this book quickly shows its value and continues its worth. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Nathan R. Saylor
I found this book to be very useful and has assisted me in structuring my map designs. As such the advice given is clear and insightful, however I thought the author could have... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by B. Russell
É um livro interessante para aqueles que buscam ampliar a leitura sobre cartografia temática. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Eduardo
After reading Gretchen's book, just as she explained in her forward, I wished I had had this book in front of me 8 years ago. Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Emelie A. Healy