Atlas of Design

Atlas of Design by Caitlin Dempsey.

From the post:

Do you love beautiful maps? The Atlas of Design has been reprinted and is now available for purchase. Published by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), this compendium showcases cartography at some of its finest. The atlas was originally published in 2012 and features the work of 27 cartographers. In early 2012, a call for contributions was sent out and 140 entries from 90 different individuals and groups submitted their work. A panel of eight volunteer judges plus the book’s editors evaluated the entries and selected the finalists.

The focus of the Atlas of Design is on the aesthetics and design involved in mapmaking. Tim Wallace and Daniel Huffman, the editors of Atlas of Design explain the book’s introduction about the focus of the book:

Aesthetics separate workable maps from elegant ones.

This book is about the latter category.

My personal suspicion is that aesthetics separate legible topic maps from those that attract repeat users.

The only way to teach aesthetics (which varies by culture and social group) is by experience.

This is a great starting point for your aesthetics education.

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