MacEachren, Alan M., How maps work: representation, visualization, and design /Alan Rather than restricting research in cartography to maps that. How Maps Work. Representation, Visualization, and Design. Alan M. MacEachren, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University. CRITICAL. Request PDF on ResearchGate | How maps work: representation, visualization, and Alan MacEachren at Pennsylvania State University.

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Tiedemann, University of Illinois at Chicago “Alan MacEachren has made a significant and important contribution to our understanding of cartography. The map is as old as societies themselves and is a fundamental building block of human knowledge.

This book should be mandatory reading for all those interested in the role of maps in the emerging information era. Taylor, past president, International Cartographic Association “I believe this book to be a milestone in the literature of cartography. With its rich array of subtopics, levels of treatment and specialized sections worthy of deep quarrying, and also its extensive and fascinating range of illustrations, I believe that this book can command a wide and varied readership.

It will certainly become a foundation stone in my own teaching and research library. How Maps Work is a tour de force for academic cartography and other fields concerned with perceptual, cognitive, and metaphysical aspects of spatial information–a masterful synthesis of interest to anyone curious about the map as a unique and valuable tool for exploration, discovery, and hypothesis testing.

A thoughtful and thought-provoking intellectual treatise on the role of graphic representation in human perception, cognition, visualization, and communication.

Although the vehicle for this journey is the geographic map, you will learn a great deal about yourself and your interaction with the environment along the way.

The book created a fabric for discussion which was rich enough and broad enough to support extensive and intensive scrutiny I recommend it to mapping science and GIS professionals, to scientists working in computer vision, to everyone whose work involves creation of, or inference about, representations of spatial information.

Planning and Design In addition to researching cognitive and semiotic aspects of how maps work, he is active in the development of interactive systems for geographic visualization and in understanding and enabling group work with geospatial information and technologies. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Now available in paperback for the first time, this classic work presents a cognitive-semiotic framework for understanding how maps work as wirk, abstract, and synthetic spatial representations. Explored are the ways in which the many representational wori inherent in mapping interact with information processing and knowledge construction, and how the resulting insights can be used to make informed symbolization and design decisions.


A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary technologies. As ma;s nature of maps continues to ,aps, Alan MacEachren emphasizes the ongoing need to think systematically about the ways people interact with and use spatial information.

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Write a maecachren review. Showing of 4 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. A book of such depth and with so much information packed into such little space deserves no less than five stars-unless the presentation is so poor that reading becomes a chore! You get exactly what the title says: If there is an issue in the world that concerns map design, chances are excellent that you will find it in this book.

The author is an expert in the field and it shows. If you think you can get beyond the usability problems, by all means buy this book and it will keep you thinking for a very long time. Yet, for a book that has ‘design’ in its sub-title, clearly the design of the book itself was done with little consideration for the reader.

The wkrk is small, needs a better maceacuren and is cluttered with references, text in parentheses and “quoted phrases”.

How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design by Alan M. MacEachren

It doesn’t help that mapss text is poorly justified resulting in a ridiculous amount of hyphenation. You don’t have to really read the whole book to see what I mean-just look at the table of contents.

Does that look like a book designed by someone who cares about psychology, design, perception and visual presentation? There isn’t even any space to take notes. If you are used to reading scientific papers, you won’t have much trouble because their presentation is usually far worse. Otherwise, be prepared for a rough ride. Information visualization, or “infoviz” has come into its own in recent years. While it has many pundits and scholars, there’s nothing in the literature that approaches the breadth and quality of this book.


MacEachren wisely states that the book is geared more wprk cartographic concerns, rather than more generic information visualization applications.

However, the vast majority of this enormous book is relevant for any information visualization application. That said, the relative quality and importance of this book is higher for individuals making more complex visualizations. If you’re just beginning, there are better options available.

How Maps Work

One person found this helpful. My copy of this book is now chock full of scribbles in the margin – not doodles, mind you, but ideas and questions for research in cartographic design. There are a few doodles, too, but they’re doodles of maps. The book asks as many questions as it answers, and as such makes a great text for researchers, students, and folks who want to look at what the future of cartography could be This is an exceptionally thorough guide to map representation both in design and function.

If you love maps or use them a lot in your work, this is a truly great book to own. Pose any question about mapping and this book can probably help you find the answer to it. See all 4 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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