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Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users
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Advanced users, or anyone who even thinks they have the slightest notion on map design, do not buy this book! Chances are if you think to yourself, "I make pretty decent maps", then you will gain nothing from this book. This book should only be purchased by beginning users or people who have been told that their maps look like absolute crap. If you make north arrows that take up 1/4 of your map, you need this book. If you are a little wary about your ability to choose color, do not buy this book. Instead, focus on buying books in the Art section that will help you improve your color understanding and picking abilities.
There is very little information of use in here for advanced users, that is why I am rating this so low. This is an acceptable book for beginners, though not the best I have seen. Again, my gripe with ESRI is that they pull together just enough vague information to publish a book on a subject without really telling you anything that you couldn't figure out on your own.
Cindy Brewer is one of the nation's experts on cartographic design and color usage and everyone should learn from her. Check out her other book on Mapping the Census 2000 for beautiful and informative map examples.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little book with good hints for creating better mapsPublished 10 months ago by Charles Shearrow II
What i expected, the only complaint is that the print is too snap!Published 11 months ago by T. Ward
I'm a big fan of this book. It's full off useful cartographic advice, with plenty of illustrated examples. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Nyall
Pretty good, though I expected a lot more. Too much urban based mapping concepts. The printing was a little cheap looking. Still though worth buying and having on the bookshelf. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by SiriusAustralian
Basic, yet very important, introduction to the rules applied in cartography. Must have for people starting with GIS and map-making. Concise and reliable source.Published on September 16, 2013 by Prz