- Hardcover: 246 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420082132
- ISBN-13: 978-1420082135
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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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.
The first thing that is quickly apparent is that this book does not feel like a technical read. It's like she's a colleague giving you some pointers and even some structure if you need it.
Peterson went to great lengths to organize the book layout so that it can be within easy reach for reference. If the organized chapters aren't enough, there is a pretty exhaustive index to refer to as well. There are also plenty of good example maps and layout diagrams throughout. To rehearse the major themes in this book:
Know the industry standards and trends
Don't be afraid to experiment
Be open to new ideas and inspiration
Reading from cover to cover, it's clear this book is pretty thorough in its topics and I thought very enjoyable. Chapter 6 on feature symbology could be its own book and (like the rest of the book) is full of common and best practices exercised by the industry today. While it can be a little daunting to be 50 pages into the chapter and still have 30 pages to go, keeping mind that this is a reference book might give you permission to skip ahead and come back to the rest later. I promise, you won't get passed by if you do.
Even now, there isn't week that goes by that I don't take it off the shelf and reread something that I need to refer to. Just this week, I needed to create a map for someone who is color-blind. Page 96 and the notes on 99 had just the answer I needed. Thanks again Gretchen Peterson.
Para os aqueles que estão pensando em estudar mais um pouco, é uma boa leitura.
O conteúdo é bem didático, em cada capítulo tem uma boa discussão sobre o tema abordado e com exemplos a serem aplicados, apesar de estar inglês pode ser empregado nas condições brasileiras, por exemplo.