And now… what at least a dozen of you have been waiting for…



Denis and I spent quite a bit of time rethinking significant parts of the second edition of Making Maps in several intense work sessions in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina. Fists were pounded upon tables, changes demanded, reservations expressed, ideas refined, markers used to blot out the unacceptable and sketches drawn for new sections in the new edition. It was terrible fun.

It explains my lack of posts here at the Making Maps blog.

While the overall design of the book remains consistent with the 2nd edition, those of you with a technical bent will appreciate that the 2nd edition was entirely created in Freehand MX and Guilford and I translated the entire book to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for the 3rd edition. You have no idea how much trouble that was.

After Denis and I settled the changes and updates, I spent over a year and a half producing the maps, graphics and text for the book, many hundreds of hours of research and production. A significant amount of the work was completed while sitting at my daughter Annabelle’s synchronized swimming practices (11 hours a week!). I can still smell chlorine when I look at the book.

Changes in the 3rd edition of Making Maps include:

  • 40+ new pages of content
  • expansion of substantive color examples by 25%
  • 35+ new, map exemplars throughout book
  • changes on over 50% of the pages in the book
  • new introductory maps including
    • Jack Kerouac’s hand drawn map he drew while planning On the Road
    • Boris Artzybasheff’s creepy map of global tropical diseases
    • Gwendolyn Warren and Bill Bunge’s famous map of Children’s Traffic Fatalities in Detroit
    • Guy Harold Smith’s Physiographic (and typographic) map of South America
  • expansion and split of chapter 9 on map symbolization into two chapters, focusing on map symbols of less and more abstract geographic data
  • significant expansion of the graphic novel, extended throughout the book, as an exemplar how making maps can change the world

But that’s not all…

  • expanded discussion of when mapping is inappropriate
  • updated content on map medium guidelines
  • addition of content on viewing distance rules
  • expanded discussion of Impact Evaluation with new fracking oil shale example
  • expanded discussion of time and mapping, including mapping the future
  • addition of content and examples of geodata locational services and privacy
  • addition of geoweb concepts including interoperabily, open data layers, tile maps
  • extensive refinement and clarification of map projection terminology
  • discussion of when map projections don’t matter
  • updated data in maps on poverty, hate groups, firearms deaths, election results, African American absence, etc.
  • new maps on slavery and lynchings in the US
  • expanded discussion with 10 new examples in Ways to Think about Map Symbols section
  • new two pages section on symbolizing terrain
  • new section on Ways to Think about Map Symbolization Abstraction with new maps on Detroit children traffic fatalities
  • reorganization of Color chapter into a more logical progression with a trio of new Voyager maps showing monochrome, two color, and full color examples
  • revision, expansion, and updates of More information sections in each chapter
  • new map quotes

Despite 40 new pages of material in the book, it is still under 300 pages. No bloat here – no “book junk.”

I’ll post more bits from the book in the coming weeks, months, …

And the book starts thusly…

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Electric Street Weather Map, Atlantic City, NJ (NJ Department of Agriculture), 1917

3D map (peg model) of the Coyote Hills oil field, California. (1910)

Image from page 15 of “American Fixture Company: Catalog 4” (1920)

Map of saloons, lower Druid Hill Avenue District, made by the Colored Law and Order League, Baltimore, Md” (1908)

Image from page 126 of “Light and lighting” (1908)

“Meats” from page 89 of “The everyday cook and recipe book.” 1891

Comparative map: Africa vs US, China, India, Europe. (1915)

Temperance Education Map of the United States. (1898)

Map of Collect Pond, Giving the Present Site of The Tombs, as Drawn by John Canter, The Counterfeiter. (1874)

Portion of Map Showing Estimated Time Saving by Rapid Transit Lines as Compared with Present System used: the average subway-elevated speed, 16 m.p.h., the average surface car speed, 8 m.p.h., and the average pedestrian speed, 3 m.p.h. A differential of three minutes was allowed for walking up and down the stairsat subway-elevated stations. (1908)

Image from page 248 of “Light and lighting” (1908)

Image from page 248 of “Light and lighting” (1908)

Image from page 57 of “Bay County past and present” (1918)

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.

Hazel Lee annotates the map of Russia. From “Advanced Geography.“ (1899)

Hole cut in the map. From “Advanced Geography.“ (1899)

Type borders: Torn, curled, damaged paper effect fonts. (1897)

Map: Township 40, Hamilton County, NY (1900)

“With monstrous head and sickening cry and ears like errant wings.” Image from page 49 of The Year’s at the Spring; An Anthology of Recent Poetry (1920)

Map: Races of Man (1848)

Map: Calves Slaughtered Under Federal Inspection 1920-21.

Map: Bee Colonies on Farms. (1920)

Map: Watermelons Grown. (1919)

Image from page 503 of “Transactions of the American Climatological and Clinical Association.” (1914)

Image from page 473 of “Illinois as it is” (1857)

Image from page 4 of “The Germania and Agricola of Tacitus” (1850)

German propaganda poster, 1920.

Variation of Road Widths and Sections to Suit Traffic: The above road sections show the variation in the width of roads proposed to be permitted under a Town Planning scheme of Great Yarmouth in England. (1917)

Sunlight Curves in Streets. (1917)

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.

New York City: Map of New Track Capacity. (1914)

Image from page 983 of “A system of instruction in X-ray methods and medical uses of light, hot-air, vibration and high-frequency currents.” (1902)

Map: Saloons in San Francisco. (1901)

Map: Saloons of Buffalo, 1901

Map of Saloons: New York, Jewish Quarter, 1894

Image from page 427 of “Journal of electricity” (1917)

Sprayed apples, Image from page 584 of “Annual report, New York State Museum” (1902)

Fire tests on building columns. (1917)

Map: US Cantaloupe Shipments, 1914.

Typography specimen: Social Dang Germans (1897)

Typography specimen: House Dogs (1897)

Image from page 176 of “The Maule seed book for 1922” (1922)

Map: Kafir Acreage in Kansas, 1912.

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.

Image from page 86 of “Scenes from every land, second series. (1909)

Map of Malarial Mosquito breeding areas, Carbondale, Illinois (1918)

Image from page 93 of “Elizabeth City State Teachers College Catalog” (1909)

Map: To show distribution of 17 scaled Kraits — Ventrals 194-237, subcaudals 43-52 (From records of 19 specimens in my note books). Implies uncertain limits. (1913)

Map: Port Natal, Harbor (1911)

Full map download PNG. Source: Natal Province: Descriptive Guide and Official Hand-book by A.H. Tallow (1911)

Image from page 351 of “Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book” (1911)

Egg shapes, 1920

Sketch Map of Elizabethan London (1908)

Poisons for little children (1916)

Image from page 63 of “Physical culture” (1899)

Electrical conduit standards charts. (1914)

X-ray handshake map. (1917)

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.

Simple suggestions for ring laying. (1913)

Simple Suggestions for Block Laying. (1913)

Map of United States Showing Relation of Depth of Pipes to Temperature. (1909)

Organized desk (1918)

Map: Land tenure, peasants, Shirokij Log, Russia (1913)

Map: Land tenure, peasants, Novoselok, Northern Russia (1913).

“Bird children, the little playmates of the flower children” (1912)

Map: United States – Airways, 1921.

Image from page 50 of “The street railway review” (1891)

Image from page 262 of “Local and regional anesthesia (1920)

Map showing operation of Map and Tack system for planning and routing salesman (1921)

Image from page 30 of “Osteopathic first aids to the sick: written for the sick people” (1906)

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.

Child Street Arrests, New York, 1915.

Map: Line of Deposition. (1904)

Aniline Black. (1874)

Map: Goiter Distribution, Washington. (1917)

The Melting Points of Fire Brick. (1912)

Image from page 1026 of “Essai philosophique concernant l’entendement humain : ou l’on montre quelle est l’extendue de nos connaissances certaines, & &c la maniere dont nous y parvenons” (1723)

Map: Annual lumber consumption for the manufacture of boxes, crates, fruit and vegetable packages. (1921)

Goethe, Zur Farbenlehre. (1810)

World Map, Population, 1917.

Colors: Table of Greens and Russets (1871)

Image from page 102 of “Three essays : On picturesque beauty; On picturesque travel; and On sketching landscape : with a poem, on landscape painting. (1825)

Seismographic record of the 1906 earthquake at the Chabot Observatory, Oakland California (1906)

Ontario Sessional Papers, No.31-35. (1907)

Image from page 16 of “Transactions of the American Ceramic Society.” (1907)

Junk found while searching for stuff for the 3rd edition of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Out late Spring 2016.