Maps are tools used to understand space, discover territories, communicate information, and explain the results of geographical analysis. This practical handbook is about thematic cartography. With more than 120 colorful amazing illustrations, numerous boxed texts, definitions, and helpful tools, this step-by-step introduction to cartography is both the art of understanding the world and a powerful tool for explaining it. Through many hands-on tests, the reader will learn how to produce an interesting and communicative map applied to any spatial theme.

Written by experienced scholars and experts in cartography, this book is an excellent resource for undergraduate students and non-cartographers interested in designing, understanding, and interpreting maps. It includes practical exercises explained in the form of a game and provides a concise, accessible, and current address of cartographic principles, allowing readers to go deeper into cartographic design. It can be read from beginning to end like an essay or just by dipping into it for information as needed.

chapter |11 pages

General Introduction

part 1|48 pages

Geographical Information

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Geometrical Data

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Statistical Data

chapter |4 pages

Conclusion: Designing Maps

part 2|58 pages

Cartographical Language

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Differential/Associative Visual Variables

chapter Chapter 4|9 pages

Ordered Visual Variables

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

The Visual Variables Expressing Proportionality

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Solutions in Statistical Mapping

chapter |6 pages

Conclusion: Combining Visual Variables

part 3|65 pages

Beyond the Visual Variables

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Other Cartographic Presentations

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages


chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Variations on a Theme

chapter |3 pages

General Conclusion