Cartography deals with the design of maps themselves. There are many good resources for improving your map design - among the best are:
Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users
by Cynthia A. Brewer ESRI Press, 2005, 220 pp - published by , this comprehensive book is a complete guide to a wide range of design techniques.
Making Maps : A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS
by John Krygier and Denis Wood 2005 This book is equally useful, but focuses more on the concepts of design. It is less a technical cartography guide than a tour of effective map communication strategies. Purchase from
Other good web resources include:
- Univ. Colorado faculty site, with an eclectic and useful array of guidelines
- a great blog about mapping
tools for choosing colors that work well together in map design and cartographyand – useful
to explore how to create beautiful elevation shading in their maps
maps– see this online gallery of users'
to Interactive Design Annual
maps.- excellent online resource of a wide range of
maps from the 1700s to 1900s. –, a remarkable online collection of over 10,000