The new edition of “Making Maps” contains over 40 pages of new content, over 35 new maps, and updated and expanded discussions on a variety of topics including when mapping is inappropriate, time and mapping, and geodata locational services and privacy.
I started my GIS education back when hand cartography was still a course offered at UCLA. My early teachers drilled into me the standard of adding a title, north arrow, and scale bar automatically to all maps. The GIS manager at a place where I first worked was adamant that […]
What makes a good map? When done well, a map is a vehicle for effective communication. There are many cartographic principles to help guide effective map making. Below are ten common considerations that all cartographers should incorporate as part of their map making process. This list isn’t meant to be […]
A map is almost universally a two-dimensional representation of a piece of three-dimensional space. Only with the advent of modern computer graphics were three-dimensional maps made possible. Maps serve two map functions; they are a spatial database and a communication device. The science of making maps is called cartography. Basic map characteristics […]