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Making Maps, Second Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS 2nd Edition

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"Building on their solid first edition, Krygier and Wood have created a new and much richer follow-up. The second edition represents a serious reworking of subject matter and graphics. The book uses extraordinary map exemplars to address the full range of basic cartographic concepts and to demonstrate many subtle and advanced design techniques as well. Making Maps is appropriate for beginning to intermediate college cartography students and others who want to tap into the power of map creation. Addressing current social issues including map agendas, ethics, and democracy, it is the kind of book that will inspire readers and cultivate admiration for the field."--James E. Meacham, Senior Research Associate and InfoGraphics Lab Director, Department of Geography, University of Oregon "Krygier and Wood’s book should be used by anyone interested in the way the world looks, the way the world works, or the way the world should be. It remains the most accessible yet comprehensive guide of its kind. The second edition meets the needs and expectations of the 'Google generation' of map users while remaining true to the guiding principles that govern how maps look, work, and function. The very accessible, extensively illustrated format makes the book easily usable by students at all levels, as well as those taking steps to develop expertise in cartographic design."--Paul Longley, Department of Geography, University College London, United Kingdom



"The book looks great, and Krygier and Wood simplify the ideas in a practical and useful manner. I am using it as a key text for a year 2 map design course."
(Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 2011-03-25)

"What makes the book unique is that on each page illustrations highlight the idea under discussion; the text merely works in a supportive, explanatory role....Making Maps is a worthwhile investment for any who are looking to produce better maps without having to take a 101 course."
(Cartography 2011-03-25)

"Should be examined by anyone charged with communicating issues and ideas through geography. Authored by two respected cartographers, this volume provides comprehensive and thorough instruction on virtually every aspect of map design. It is a great book for students who are just starting to create maps and for practitioners needing a refresher on the fundamentals of map design....The book's major strength is the enormous amount of practical how-to information that is packed into each section."
(Journal of Planning Literature 2011-03-25)

"I find this book's approach to key geospatial concepts to be extremely effective, user-friendly, and just plain helpful....Delivers useful map making insights, quickly, simply, and appropriately."
(Journal of the American Planning Association 2011-03-25)

"A comprehensive manual that explains how you can obtain data, organise and transform it, and query its accuracy....It's a highly illustrated book with each page having as much space devoted to maps and other figures as text....This makes the information succinct and immediately accessible, whether you're reading from cover to cover or using the book as a reference work....There are some brilliant literary map quotations that accompany each chapter and some intriguing un-annotated maps to consider. This book adds to the growing list of Guilford Press 'cartographic classics.'"
(International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 2006-01-03)

"The exemplars are thought-provoking reminders of what all maps can be....A source of inspiration for those interested in improving map design and the understanding of geospatial information. This volume is perfect for both geography/GIS collections and browsing collections. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above."
(Choice 2011-11-03)

"The book is well written, utilizing language that can be easily understood by those with little or no experience in the art and science of cartography. The utilization of the Voyager flight throughout the book provides continuous examples of the topics discussed in each chapter. Each chapter concludes with a reference section for those who desire a more in-depth discussion of the concepts presented....Allows readers to quickly grasp the basic concepts of map-making and would serve as an excellent resource to anyone interested in map design or as a supplement to texts that utilize a more theoretical approach."
(Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 2012-05-01)

About the Author

John Krygier teaches in the Department of Geology and Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University, with teaching and research specializations in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental and human geography. He has published on map design, educational technology, cultural geography, multimedia in cartography, planning, the history of cartography, and participatory GIS.

Denis Wood curated the award-winning Power of Maps exhibition for the Smithsonian and writes widely about maps. A former professor of design at North Carolina State University, Wood is a currently an independent scholar living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2 edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609181662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609181666
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Keeney on January 30, 2013
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The way this book is set up is very unusual for a textbook and this makes it a very enjoyable read. It would be very easy to just lay out all the concepts in a way that would bore readers to tears but this book goes above and beyond and explains concepts in a highly entertaining way that makes you understand and remember. It is a very good and thorough overview of what needs to be considered when making maps.

In addition, if you are going deep into the field it has lots of book suggestions to build up your geographic library.

Unlike another reviewer, I highly recommend this book for those who are in the beginning process of learning GIS/cartography (or if you are just a geo-geek).
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This book is a great resource for cartography. I highly suggest it. I don't love some of the formatting, but the content is excellent.
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Excellent. Received Quickly.
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good condition
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