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Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities by Mark Monmonier

By Mark Monmonier

Writers understand in simple terms too good how lengthy it could possibly take—and how awkward it could be—to describe spatial relationships with phrases by myself. And whereas a map will possibly not constantly be worthy one thousand phrases, a superb you can still support writers speak a controversy or clarification basically, succinctly, and effectively.

In his acclaimed How to Lie with Maps, Mark Monmonier confirmed how maps can distort evidence. In Mapping it Out: Expository Cartography for the arts and Social Sciences, he exhibits authors and students how they could use expository cartography—the visible, two-dimensional association of information—to heighten the impression in their books and articles.

This concise, sensible publication is an advent to the elemental rules of photo common sense and layout, from the fundamentals of scale to the complicated mapping of circulate or switch. Monmonier is helping writers and researchers make a decision while maps are most precious and what codecs paintings top in a variety of topic parts, from literary feedback to sociology. He demonstrates, for instance, a number of ideas for representing alterations and styles; various typefaces and the way they could both make clear or confuse details; and the effectiveness of much less conventional map types, corresponding to visibility base maps, frame-rectangle symbols, and complementary scatterplot designs for conveying advanced spatial relationships.

There is usually a wealth of useful info on map compilation, cartobibliographies, copyright and permissions, facsimile copy, and the assessment of resource fabrics. Appendixes speak about the advantages and obstacles of digital pix and pen-and-ink drafting, and the way to paintings with a cartographic illustrator.

Clearly written, and packed with real-world examples, Mapping it Out demystifies mapmaking for a person writing within the humanities and social sciences.

"A beneficial advisor to an issue most folk most likely take an excessive amount of without any consideration. It exhibits how map makers translate summary information into attention-grabbing cartograms, as they're referred to as. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. it will possibly even train you in finding your way."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The manhattan Times

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