More people than ever are making maps with a growing diversity of tools. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is being used by a broad array of industries and users. Hundreds of web mapping sites exist, and tools for the relatively easy creation of map mashups (such as the Google Maps API) allow people to map their own data collected with GPS and by other means.
Map making tools are proliferating and easily accessible: but how do you learn to make decent maps if you are not a professionally trained cartographer?
The book Making Maps 2nd edition by John Krygier and Denis Wood (published by Guilford Press) was written for the Do It Yorself (DIY) cartographer – the student, the new GIS user, the internet user – anyone who wants to make maps that work and look great.
This blog highlights resources that supplement the Making Maps book and help you to make better maps. Like the Making Maps book, this blog also provides examples of creative and provocative maps and material on map making and understanding, culled from contemporary and historical sources.
John Krygier is Professor of Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is past president of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and author of a mess of articles and book chapters. He has won national map design award contests, and has extensive experience designing and making maps with a diversity of technologies. He has taught cartography and GIS courses for over 15 years.
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