This page contains all information relevant to the topics covered in lecture. Here you will find: (1) materials presented in lecture, (2) required readings for the class from the text and (3) links to additional readings and other web resources that illustrate topics covered in lectures.
Dent, B.D., Torguson, J.S. and Holder, T.W. 2009. Cartography: Thematic Map Design. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education. 336 pp.
With Additional Readings from other sources including
Berggren, J.L. and Jones, A. 2000. Ptolemy’s Geography: An Annotated Translation of the Theoretical Chapters. Princeton. Princeton University Press.
Monmonier, M. 1996. How to Lie with Maps. Chicago. The University of Chicago Press.
Sobel, D. 1995. Longitude. New York. Penguin Books
And Cartographic Production Accomplished using
ArcGIS™, Adobe Illustrator® and InkScape
In class, I use computer aided presentations. I will place versions of my lecture notes on this page. These materials will be provided as Adobe Portable Document Format files which can be read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Some of the files may be password protected.
All materials and are for your personal use only and as stated in the syllabus they may not be copied nor distributed without my permission.
Iinformation about the topics will be added as they are compiled. I will attempt to place lecture materials before class so you can bring them to lecture if you wish. However, simply printing out the materials is NO substitute for taking your own copious notes during lecture and lab.
I am not making these materials available as an excuse to skip class. There will be information presented in class that is not on the slides. On the exams, I will except an understanding of the material that goes beyond the bulleted information presented on the slides and all exams will incorporate material taken from the required text.
My expectation all students will be active learners and part of this is that all students are expected to take notes during lecture.
If you feel your note taking skills could be improved, Dartmouth College has a good page with resources on successful note taking strategies.
There are links to other readings outside of the textbooks. These are required readings just like the textbook and material from these books/articles is fair game on the examinations.
The materials presented in this course are aligned to the GIS&T Body of Knowlege which is a comprehensive Body of Knowledge (BOK) that specifies what aspiring geospatial professionals need to know and be able to do." This course also endeavors to provide students with the competancies required of Geospatial Technology professionals that have codified in the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). If you plan on pursuing career in geospatial technologies you should probably take the time to examine these materials. The specfic competencies and BOK knowledge areas addressed in each topic and lecture will be identified.
If the headings for topics below are grayed out it means the final versions of the information may not be on the website yet so proceed carefully.
Topic 1 - Introduction to Thematic Cartography
Topic 2 - Introduction to Spatial Thinking
Topic 3 - A Brief History of Cartography
- Lecture Notes
- Cartographic Timeline (this
timeline was created by Thomas D. Rabenhorst of the University of Maryland
- Required Readings
- The Mapmakers by Johan Noble Wilford Chapters 3 & 9
- The persisently flat earth (or the late birth of a flat earth) an essay by Stephen Jay Gould in Natural History March 1994 Vol 103(3) p. 12-19.
- Some useful and interesting resources
Topic 4 - Map Scale and the Shape of the Earth
Topic 5 - an Introduction to Map Projections
- Required Reading - Dent et al. Chapter 3
- The web has a number of great resources to help you learn more about map projections here are just a few
Topic 6 - Basics of Map Design
Topic 7 - Basics of Map Organization
Topic 8 - Geographic Phenomena, Measurement and the Basics of Map Symbolization
- Required Reading - Dent et al. Chapters 4 & 5
- Optional Reading - Dent et al. Chapter 17
Topic 9 - Color for Cartographers
- Lecture Notes
- Required Reading - Dent et al. Chapter 14
- ColorBrewer2.org - Color Advice for Cartography developed by Cynthia Brewer and others at Penn State University. Pretty Cool!
Topic 10 - Typography for Cartographers
- Lecture Notes
- Required Reading - Dent et al. Chapter 13
- I went to Macalester College with a now well-known font maker - Chank! or Chank Diesel. You should check out his website at www.chank.com. The site has his world famous how to make a font tutorial and very nice short video about font making from Minnesota Public Televison. He has designed many fonts including for Pizza Hut, Huggies Diapers and even came up with a custom font based on Miley Cyrus's Handwriting....Chank has some fonts you can download for free, but others, like those from most foundaries, are for sale.
- There has even been a 2007 documentary on the Helevetica Font which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007 which is available on in the Media an Reserves portion of the library.
- In the spirit of Colorbrewer here is TypeBrewer from Ben Sheesley at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- This is a funny piece on Slate about why you should only use one space after a period.
Topic 11 - Choropleth Maps
Topic 12 - Dot Maps
Topic 13 - Proportional Circle Maps
Topic 14 - Isarithmatic Maps
Topic 15 - Flow Maps
Topic 16 - Cartograms
Topic 17 - Journalistic Maps
Topic 18 - How to Lie with Maps
Topic 19 - The Dark Art and Modern Science of Gerrymandering