Tools for Making Better Maps
Mapmaking uses science, aesthetics, and technique, to build maps that effectively convey spatial information. This category organizes resources for making better maps.
GISGeography.com is a website about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geography. Find data & analysis tools, learn about GIS fundamentals and remote sensing, and see what company’s are looking for GIS professionals in your area. Visit GISGeography
Adobe Color CC allows you see complimentary color combinations to produce beautiful maps. Visit Adobe Color CC
This public forum for cartography and design provides a set of data links, cartography tutorials, and business opportunities. Visit CartoTalk: A Public Forum for Cartography and Design.
ColorBrewer is an online tool designed to help people select good color schemes for maps and other graphics. The ColorBrwer tool allows you to select from 3 to 5 classes (class breaks in the data) and choose between sequential, diverging, or qualitative data types. It then displays various color ramps with icons indicating the suitability […]
The ESRI Mapping Center is about the use of ArcGIS in the graphic delivery of geographic information. Its goal is to help make great looking maps by using the same cartographic concepts and techniques that professional cartographers use. Specialized ESRI style and marker symbols are available for download as well as several tools. An ‘Ask […]
GDAL is a translator library for raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. As a library, it presents a single abstract data model to the calling application for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful commandline utilities for […]
This site offers a collection of traffic, highway, recreation, and other public signs for download in .gif format. Visit Manual of Traffic Signs.
An excellent resource on shaded relief techniques from Tom Patterson, US National Parks Service. A cleaned version of the GTOPO30 is available as well as many shaded relief maps in jpg format. Visit Shaded Relief: Ideas and Techniques about Relief Presentation on Maps.
Shaded relief is a method for representing topography on maps in a natural, aesthetic, and intuitive manner. On this website you will find rules and guidelines for the design and production of shaded relief, an overview of its history, examples produced by professional relief artists, technical tips, and much more. Visit The Relief Shading website.
TypeBrewer is a free help tool that gives mapmakers a chance to explore typography in a semi-structured environment. TypeBrewer offers a quick and easy way to explore typographic alternatives and see the impact that various elements of type have on the overall look and feel of a map. Visit TypeBrewer: A Map Design Help Tool for […]
This site displays and explains the various symbols on the standard USGS topographic maps. Visit USGS Topographic Map Symbols.