Selected References for Communicating with Maps

May 6, 2015

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Our exclusive series, Communicating with Maps:

Communicating through Maps Part 1: Exploring the challenges and complexities of GIS mapping 

Communicating with Maps Part 2: Discussing the issues with CaGIS President Sarah Battersby

Communicating with Maps Part 3: Considering uncertainty and error


  • Brewer, Cindy. 2005. Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users.  Redlands, CA: Esri Press. (2nd Edition forthcoming, November 2015).
  • Brewer, Cindy. 2008. Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users. Redlands, CA: Esri Press.
  • Dodge, Martin, Rob Kitchin, and Chris Perkins. 2011. The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation.  Wiley Publishers.
  • Kimerling, Jon, Aileen Buckley, Philip Muehrcke, and Juliana Muehrcke. 2011. Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, 7th Edition.  Redlands, CA: Esri Press.
  • Krygier, John. 2011. Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS.  New York, NY: The Guilford Press.   
  • MacEachren, Alan.  2004. How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  • Monmonier, Mark. 1996. How to Lie with Maps.  University of Chicago Press, 1996. 2nd Edition.
  • National Research Council. 2006. Learning to Think Spatially. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  • Peterson, Gretchen N. 2014. GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design, 2nd Edition. London, England: CRC Press.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.
  • Tufte, Edward R. 1990. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.
  • Wood, Denis. 2010. Rethinking the Power of Maps. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. 


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