Cartography Guide

A short, friendly guide to basic principles of map design

Map Design Resources

Other resource lists

See some of these lists for even more links on map design, as well as more technical and software-speficic resources.

General mapping and visualization


What is a map? What is GIS? What is Cartography?

Types of maps

General map design


Visual Variables


Data Classification

Scale and generalization

Map projections


Geographic phenomena and data

Data formats

What is a web map?

When should a map be interactive?