A new edition of Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users was recently released by Esri Press. The second edition is authored by Cynthia Brewer, a professor and head of the geography department at Pennsylvania State University. If the name seems familiar, among her many achievements in this industry, Brewer is also one of the creators of ColorBrewer, an online app that provides “color advice for cartography” which is helpful for many uses including stylizingcolor-blind maps.
This map design edition focuses on “the basics of cartography, including layout design; working with basemaps, legends, scales, and projections; selecting colors and type; and customizing symbols.” (Esri Press release). Per Brewer, “This book helps you develop the graphic skills you need for mapmaking.”
If you want a first person perspective, Gretchen Peterson has a review of Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users on her site. Esri has also posted a short two minute video providing an overview of the book.
Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users is available in print (ISBN: 9781589484405, 250 pages, $59.99), or as an e-book (ISBN: 9781589484375, 250 pages, $49.99). The book is available at online retailers worldwide.