Other Resources

Find out about our presentations and publications, as well as workshops we have presented. You can also find links to additional mapping resources on the Esri Web site, and a special collection of Cartographers' Favorites. Note that clicking on any heading will sort the table contents.

Included here are various personal favorites of cartographers and resources used regularly by professional mapmakers.

Web sites

  • Kuler is a free web-hosted application to explore, create, and share color themes.
  • Visolve is a software application (free for personal use) that transforms the colors of the computer display into discriminable colors for various people including people with color vision deficiency, commonly called color blindness.
  • ColorPic is a color picker with a magnifier attached. It grabs palettes of up to 16 colors at once and uses four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.
  • eyePilot is an application you can purchase that's designed as a floating window, which you can easily drag over a web page, document, or computer application, that allows you to quickly and more accurately view color-coded information.
  • Vischeck is an application that shows you what things look like to someone who is color-blind. It works online on your own image files or runs on a web page. You can also download programs to let you run it on your own computer.
  • ColorBrewer2 is a web tool for selecting color schemes for thematic maps, usually for choropleth maps. ColorBrewer includes 35 basic schemes with different numbers of classes for over 250 possible versions. Each scheme has CMYK, RGB, Hex, Lab, and AV3 (HSV) specs for the colors. The software is designed simply to list color specs for a scheme you find useful so you are able to create these colors in the mapping software you are using.
  • ScaleMaster is a structured diagram for organizing multiscale mapping using multiple databases and design, selection, and generalization decisions. In its rudimentary form, ScaleMaster is a do-it-yourself Excel file available for download.
  • TypeBrewer is a free help tool that gives nonspecialist mapmakers a chance to explore typography in a semistructured environment. Instead of providing the functionality of a graphic design program or GIS, TypeBrewer offers a quick and easy way to explore typographic alternatives and see the impact that various elements of type have on the overall look and feel of a map.
  • MapShaper is a free online editor for polygon and polyline shapefiles. MapShaper supports three line simplification algorithms: Douglas-Peucker, Visvalingam-Whyatt, and a custom algorithm designed to smooth convoluted coastlines and spiky features.
  • Shaded Relief is a site to assist practicing cartographers with the presentation of shaded relief and related raster art on maps.
  • Relief Shading is a site that gives cartographers, map enthusiasts, and students in-depth information about shaded relief.
  • Geographer's Craft
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
  • Historical Map & Chart Project
  • Carlos A. Furuti's Map Projection Pages
  • Gallery of Map Projections
  • A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
  • National Library of Australian Digitised Maps Collection
  • Hawth's Analysis Tools for ArcGIS

Cartography Forums and Blogs

Professional Organizations

Academic and Scientific Journals

Textbooks

  • Campbell, John. 2001. Map Use and Analysis, Fourth Edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 372 pages, ISBN: 0-073-03748-6.
  • Clarke, Keith C. 1995. Analytical and Computer Cartography, Second Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 334 pages, ISBN: 0-133-41900-2.
  • Dent, Borden D. 1999. Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Fifth Edition. Boston, MA: WCB-McGraw Hill, 417 pages, ISBN: 0-697-38495-0.
  • Dent, Borden D., Jeffrey S. Torguson, and Thomas H. Hodler. 2009. Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Sixth Edition. Boston, MA: WCB-McGraw Hill, 336 pages, ISBN-10: 0-072-94382-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-072-94382-5.
  • Kimerling, A. Jon, Aileen R. Buckley, Phillip C. Muehrcke, and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 2011. Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, Seventh Edition. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 581 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58948-279-1.
  • Kimerling, A. Jon, Aileen R. Buckley, Phillip C. Muehrcke, and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 2009. Map Use: Reading and Analysis, Sixth Edition. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 493 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58948-190-9.
  • Kimerling, A. Jon, Phillip C. Muehrcke, and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 2001. Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, Fifth Edition. Madison, WI: J.P. Publications, 647 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9602978-6-3.
  • Kraak, M. J., and F. J. Omerling. 1996. Cartography: Visualization of Spatial Data. Essex, England: Addison Wesley Longman Ltd., 222 pages, ISBN: 0-582-25953-3.
  • Krygier, John, and Denis Wood. 2005. Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. New York: The Guilford Press, 303 pages, ISBN: 1-593-85200-2.
  • MacEachren, Alan M. 1995. How Maps Work. New York: The Guilford Press, 364 pages, ISBN: 0-898-62589-0.
  • Peterson, Michael P. 1995. Interactive and Animated Cartography. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 257 pages, ISBN: 0-130-79104-0.
  • Robinson, Arthur H., Joel L. Morrison, Phillip C. Muehrcke, A. Jon Kimerling, and Stephen C. Guptill. 1995. Elements of Cartography, Fifth Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 674 pages, ISBN: 0-471-55579-7.
  • Slocum, Terry, Robert B. McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler, and Hugh H. Howard. 2009. Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, Third Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 561 pages, ISBN-10: 0-132-29834-1, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-22984-6.
  • Slocum, Terry, Robert B. McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler, and Hugh H. Howard. 2005. Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, Second Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 518 pages, ISBN-10: 0-130-35123-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-130-35123-4.
  • Wood, Clifford H., and C. Peter Keller, ed. 1996. Cartographic Design: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 322 pages, ISBN-10: 0-471-96587-1, ISBN-13: 978-0-471-96587-9.

Other Books

  • Bertin, Jacques. 2010. Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 124 pages, ISBN: 978-1-589-48261-6.
  • Brewer, Cynthia A. 2008. Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 170 pages, ISBN: 978-1-589-48160-2.
  • Brewer, Cynthia A. 2005. Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 202 pages, ISBN-10: 1-589-48089-9, ISBN-13: 978-1-589-48089-6.
  • British Cartographic Society. 2009. Cartography: An Introduction. London, England: British Cartographic Society, 64 pages, ISBN: 978-0-904-48223-2.
  • Flacke, Werner, and Birgit Kraus. 2005.Working with Projections and Datum Transformations in ArcGIS. Points Verlag Norden Halmstad, 360 pages, ISBN-10: 3-980-84635-0, ISBN-13: 978-3-980-84635-6.
  • Imhof, Eduard. 2007 (English translation first published in 1982). Cartographic Relief Presentation (from the original German, Kartographische Gelandedarstellung, published in 1965). Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 399 pages, ISBN-10: 1-589-48026-0, ISBN-13: 978-1-589-48026-1. Also available as an e-book.
  • MacEachren, Alan M. 2004. How Maps Work. New York: The Guilford Press, 513 pages, ISBN: 978-0-89862-589-0.
  • Maher, Margaret. 2010. Lining Up Data in ArcGIS: A Guide to Map Projections. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 200 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1-589-48249-4.
  • Monmonier, Mark, and H. J. De Blij. 1996. How to Lie with Maps, Second Edition. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 207 pages, ISBN-10: 0-226-53421-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-226-53421-3. Also available as an e-book.
  • Robinson, Arthur H. 2010. The Look of Maps: An Examination of Cartographic Design. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 124 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-262-3. Also available as an e-book.
  • Robinson, Arthur Howard. 1976. The Nature of Maps: Essays Toward Understanding Maps and Mapping. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 138 pages, ISBN-10: 0-226-72281-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-226-72281-8.
  • Snyder, John P. 1989. An Album of Map Projections. US Geological Survey, 249 pages, USGS Report Number 1453.
  • Snyder, John P. 1997. Flattening the Earth: Two Thousand Years of Map Projections. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 384 pages, ISBN-10: 0-226-76747-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-226-76747-5.
  • Snyder, John P. 1987. Map Projections: A Working Manual. US Geological Survey, 385 pages, USGS Report Number 1395.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 2006. Beautiful Evidence. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 213 pages, ISBN-10: 0-961-39217-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-961-39217-8.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 1990. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 126 pages, ISBN-10: 0-961-39211-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-961-39211-6.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 1997. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 156 pages, ISBN-10: 0-961-39212-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-961-39212-3.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 197 pages, ISBN-10: 0-961-39214-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-961-39214-7.

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