How Maps Work

Representation, Visualization, and Design

Alan M. MacEachren

June 9, 1995
ISBN 9780898625899
Price: $129.00
513 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
June 21, 2004
ISBN 9781572300408
Price: $69.00
513 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

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Now available in paperback for the first time, this classic work presents a cognitive-semiotic framework for understanding how maps work as powerful, abstract, and synthetic spatial representations. Explored are the ways in which the many representational choices inherent in mapping interact with information processing and knowledge construction, and how the resulting insights can be used to make informed symbolization and design decisions. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary technologies. As the nature of maps continues to evolve, Alan MacEachren emphasizes the ongoing need to think systematically about the ways people interact with and use spatial information.