Web Cartography: Map Design for Interactive and Mobile Devices

Web Cartography: Map Design for Interactive and Mobile Devices

By: Ian Muehlenhaus (author)Hardback

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Web mapping technologies continue to evolve at an incredible pace. Technology is but one facet of web map creation, however. Map design, aesthetics, and user-interactivity are equally important for effective map communication. From interactivity to graphical user interface design, from symbolization choices to animation, and from layout to typeface and color selection, Web Cartography offers the first comprehensive overview and guide for designing beautiful and effective web maps for a variety of devices. Written for those with a basic understanding of mapmaking, but who may not have an in-depth knowledge of web design, this book explains how to create effective interaction, animation, and layouts for maps in online and mobile platforms. Concept-driven, this reference emphasizes cartographic principles for web and mobile map design over specific software techniques. It focuses on key design concepts that will remain true regardless of software technologies used. The book is supplemented with a website providing links to stellar web maps, video tutorials and lectures, do-it-yourself labs, map critique exercises, and links to others' tutorials. Approachable, clear, and concise, the book provides a nontechnical, approachable guide to map design for the web. It provides best practices for map communication, based on spatial data visualization and graphic design theory. By carefully avoiding overly technical jargon, it provides a solid launching pad from which students, practitioners, and innovators can begin to design aesthetically pleasing and intuitive web maps.


Introduction The Purpose of This Book Contemporary Mapmaking: A Quarter Century of Rapid Evolution Web Cartography: A Brief History The Goals of Map Communication Remain the Same Establishing a Communicative Purpose for Your Map The Rest of This Book Key Concepts Further Reading References Human-Map Interactivity Introduction Of Mice and Touch Screens New Interactive Map Elements Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Map Elements Introduction Title/Splash Screen Mapped Area Pan User Interfaces Zoom User Interfaces Map Rotation Interfaces Information Window Design Locator Maps Menu Design Supplemental Information Help Menu Neat Lines and Frame Lines Designing Smart Legends Other Web Map Elements Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Map Composition and Layout Introduction Map Composition and Visual Hierarchy Map Layout and Organization Two Types of Web Map Layouts How to Design an Effective Web Map Layout Conclusion Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Color Introduction Defining and Understanding Color Color Rules That Remain Unchanged from Print Color Models for the Web Coloring Your Base Map Reference Map Color Schemes Choosing Thematic Map Colors Beware of Color Blindness Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Typography Introduction All in the Family: Explaining Typeface and Font Typographic Rules That Stand Firm Text as a Core Map Element Typographic Rules That Have Changed Fonts That Play Well with Web Maps Font Myths, Realities, and Web Maps Conclusion Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Core Visual Variables Introduction Defining the Visual Variables When to Use the Different Visual Variables Key Concepts Further Reading Symbolization Introduction Designing Effective Web Map Symbols Key Concepts Further Reading Thematic Visualization Introduction Data and Technology Limitations Different Thematic Representations The Role of Interactivity in Thematic Representations Conclusion Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Animation Introduction To Tween or Not to Tween? The Visual Variables of Animation Types of Map Animation Other Types of Map Animation Summary Key Concepts Further Reading and Online Resources Sound and Touch Introduction Sound Variables Tactile Variables Key Concepts Further Reading and Resource Web Map Production Introduction The Gist on Coding Prepping Spatial Data for the Web A Web Cartographer's Tool Box Closing Advice Key Concepts Further Reading and Resources Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781439876220
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 262
  • ID: 9781439876220
  • weight: 657
  • ISBN10: 1439876223

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