GIS Cartography A Guide to Effective Map Design
"GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design" by Gretchen N. Peterson is a comprehensive guide to designing effective maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The book is divided into several chapters that cover different aspects of cartography, including creative inspiration, layout design, typography, color, and data classification.
In the first chapter, Peterson introduces the concept of GIS and explains why good design matters in cartography. She also provides an overview of the book and explains how to use it effectively. The second chapter focuses on creative inspiration and offers practical tips on how to be more creative when designing maps. Peterson emphasizes the importance of seeing and doing to stimulate creativity.
The third chapter covers layout design and offers a detailed checklist for designing effective map layouts. Peterson covers various elements of map design, including the title, subtitle, legend, maps, north arrow, scale bars, and more. Each element is discussed in detail, with best practices for placement and style. The chapter also covers neat lines, graticules, and data citations.
The subsequent chapters cover topics such as typography, color, symbology, and data classification. Peterson explains how to choose the right fonts and colors for maps, and how to use symbology effectively. She also provides guidance on how to classify data for maps and how to choose the right classification method.
Overall, "GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design" is an excellent resource for anyone involved in cartography, whether you are a GIS professional, a designer, or a map enthusiast. The book is well-organized, easy to read, and provides practical advice and examples that can be applied in a variety of contexts. The companion website also provides additional resources and examples for readers.