Authors: Andrew B. Lawson and Fiona L. R. Williams
Hardcover: 142 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2001)
This superb introductory guide explains the basic principles underlying the construction and analysis of disease maps. Growing public awareness of environmental hazards has increased the demand for investigations into the geographical distribution of disease and as data resulting from studies is not always straightforward to interpret, there has been a need for an accessible, clearly written introduction to the subject.
Packed full of in-depth information and advice, this book covers all facets of map creation. It includes classic cartographic standards such as colors, fonts, data specific mapping techniques, the cultivation of creative skills, and recommendations for novel design approaches. Featuring a down-to-earth writing style, the book includes a layout element checklist, font size charts, geologic color standards, file format pros and cons, and examples of layout designs. A companion Web site, hosted by the author, provides more learning materials, a free downloadable poster covering key content from this book, and links to other helpful Web sites.
The book does not focus on any particular software platform, therefore does not contain the traditional screen shot format with click on this and use this menu type of instructions. This format allows the guide to be used with any map making software. The author draws on classic map-design concepts, the latest design theory, and other disciplines, demonstrating how to create end results that exemplify what map ought to be: clear, informative, and uniquely suited to their purpose.