Making Maps

Third Edition
A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS

John Krygier and Denis Wood

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August 2, 2016
ISBN 9781462509980
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“The book is well written, utilizing language that can be easily understood by those with little or no experience in the art and science of cartography....Allows readers to quickly grasp the basic concepts of map-making and would serve as an excellent resource to anyone interested in map design or as a supplement to texts that utilize a more theoretical approach.”

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (on the second edition)


“The book looks great, and Krygier and Wood simplify the ideas in a practical and useful manner. I am using it as a key text for a year 2 map design course.”

Environment and Planning B (on the second edition)


“A worthwhile investment for any who are looking to produce better maps without having to take a Cartography 101 course.”

Cartography (on the first edition)


“Authored by two respected cartographers, this volume provides comprehensive and thorough instruction on virtually every aspect of map design. It is a great book for students who are just starting to create maps and for practitioners needing a refresher on the fundamentals of map design....The book's major strength is the enormous amount of practical how-to information that is packed into each section....A distinctive characteristic of the book is its slightly irreverent or whimsical bent....This volume is a valuable nuts-and-bolts introduction to map making that can help both students and practitioners create effective and insightful cartography.”

Journal of Planning Literature (on the first edition)


“I find this book's approach to key geospatial concepts to be extremely effective, user-friendly, and just plain helpful....Delivers useful map making insights, quickly, simply, and appropriately.”

Journal of the American Planning Association (on the first edition)


“A comprehensive manual that explains how you can obtain data, organise and transform it, and query its accuracy....This book adds to the growing list of Guilford Press 'cartographic classics.'”

International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (on the first edition)


“I am thrilled to see this third edition. The new case studies and the added emphasis on data captured from mobile digital devices are so relevant to our contemporary discussions in cartography and in geography more generally. Ironically, many cartography textbooks are not well designed; this one is a welcome exception. The book is fresh, lively, and engaging—it is a pleasure to read and thought provoking for students.”

—Matthew W. Wilson, PhD, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky


“A superb book for covering all the important topics for an introductory cartography class, with excellent examples, humor, and a personable style. It does not read like a classic (boring) textbook, and I really appreciate that. The visual examples are excellent, as is the ongoing Voyager example that ties all of the concepts together in small pieces that are more digestible for students. The 'More' recommendations at the end of each chapter will greatly benefit students who get really interested in a given topic and want more information.”

—Melinda Shimizu, PhD, Department of Earth and Physical Science, Western Oregon University


Making Maps situates the art, science, and technology of cartography in the human decisions that maps can help (or hinder). The book introduces the fundamentals of map design in a framework that emphasizes the editorial power cartographers have to shape how people understand place and space. With an engaging, easy-to-read format that eschews tradition, the book has a punk rock spirit that no other works in this field really match. The authors recognize the importance of contemporary mapping technologies without becoming burdened by them, ensuring this will be an essential cartography resource for a long time to come.”

—Anthony C. Robinson, PhD, President, North American Cartographic Information Society; Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University


“This book describes the intersection of maps and art. Graphically, the book is beautifully put together. The descriptions of data classification are among the best in any textbook. Readers will come away with a newfound appreciation for well-designed maps.”

—Monica Stephens, PhD, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


“I really like the style of the book. The use of lists as opposed to lengthy comparisons of different techniques works very well. The concise descriptions and commentary accompanying a wide variety of maps illustrate the authors’ points effectively.”

—Dean Sinclair, PhD, Geography Program, Northwestern State University, Louisiana
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