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Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users
Describing how to build balanced map layouts suited to varied mapping goals, this guide focuses on export options that suit different media and can be edited in other applications. The wide range of text characteristics needed for expert map design as well as how to improve map readability with type effects such as character spacing, leading, callouts, shadows, and halos i...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by ESRI Press
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This book was pretty good and much of what I expected. I cannot really criticize the book because what I'm really looking for is a book on doing UI for maps, which as far as I can tell doesn't really exist (yet). But this was good for helping me think about coloring elements, thinking through how to organize and display different types of data, and all of the different choices for how to do so.
I was looking for a book to help me design web based map applications. Unfortunately, this was not the book. It contains information primarily on designing static maps for things like posters, signs, brochures, presentations, etc. It did have a few good tips, but most of it wasn't what I was looking for.
I'm a big fan of this book. It's full off useful cartographic advice, with plenty of illustrated examples. Before I read it I was worried it might be too ArcGIS centric (given that it's published by ESRI), but all the guidelines given are generic and can easily be applied to any GIS/Illustration package.
If you will be handcrafting static maps, this book goes over a lot of the details that can make the difference between a map that is accurate and one that is accurate and easy to understand. Many of the examples are taken from real maps, and you can get a feel for the depth of experience that the author is drawing on. Some tips are broadly applicable to anyone who is making a map for any purpose, but others only apply to people who have the ability to spend a lot of time on each map.
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