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Map Design and elements

October 01 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Concepts

I currently have a map project in school, and my map is about the cause-effect of teen pregnancy towards crime rates in the U.S. My problem is that I don't have the right skills to create a good-looking and informative map. I have problems representing my data and I don't know what map elements are best for my topic. Any suggestions?
Thank you!

Mapping Center Answer:

We have a policy of not offerring specific advice on School projects.  Your teachers will be best placed to advise you about this.  More generally, there's some great books you can use to help with your understanding of map techniques:

Bertin, J. (2011) Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, networks, maps, Redlands, Esri Press
Brewer, C. A. (2005) Designing better maps: A guide for GIS users, Redlands, Esri Press
Brown, A. and Feringa, W. (2003) Colour basics for GIS users, Harlow, England
Darkes, G. and Spence, M. (2008) Cartography: an introduction, London, The British Cartographic Society
Dent, B., Torguson, J. and Hodler, T. (2009) Cartography: Thematic map design (6ed), Boston, McGraw-Hill
Imhof, E (2007) Cartographic relief presentation, Redlands, Esri Press
Keates, J. S. (1989) Cartographic Design and Production, 2nd Edition, Harlow, England
Keates, J. S. (1996) Understanding maps (2ed), London, Longman
Kraak, M-J., and Brown, A. (eds) (2001) Web Cartography: Developments and prospects, London, Taylor and Francis
Kraak, M-J. and Ormeling, F. (2010) Cartography: Visualization of geospatial data (3ed), Harlow, England
MacEachren, A. M. (1995) How maps work: Representation, visualization and design, New York, Guilford Press
Monmonier, M. (1996) How to lie with maps (2ed), Chicago, University of Chicago Press
Monmonier, M. (1993) Mapping it out: Expository cartography for the humanities and social sciences, Chicago, University of Chicago Press
Kimerling, A. J., Buckley, A., Muehrcke, P. C., Muehrcke, J. O.(2009), Map use: Reading and Analysis(6ed), Redlands, Esri Press
Robinson, A. H., Morrison, J. L., Muehrcke, P. C., Kimerling, A. J. and Guptill, S. C. (1995) Elements of cartography (6ed), New York, John Wiley and Sons
Slocum, T. A., McMaster, R. B., Kessler, F. C. And Howard, H. H. (2004) Thematic cartography and geographic vizualisation (2ed), New Jersey, Prentice Hall
Tufte, E. R. (1990) Envisioning information, Conneticut, Graphic Press
Tufte, E. R. (2001) The visual display of quantitative information, 2ed, Conneticut, Graphic Press

Maybe you could share these references with your teacher? Let us know how you get on with your map!


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