The Look of Maps

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The Look of Maps: An Examination of Cartographic Design is by Arthur H. Robinson and was originally published in 1952.  According to Esri, which has republished the tome as part of its cartographic classic series, the book was based on Robinson’s doctoral research “which investigated the relationship between science and art in cartography and the resultant refinement of graphic techniques in mapmaking to present dynamic geographic information.”

The Look of Maps is still a widely valued book that examines the visual characteristics of cartographic technique, including: lettering, structure, and color.  Robinson was the author and co-author of several books about cartography including Elements of Cartography, The Nature of Maps, and Early Thematic Mapping in the History of Cartography.


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