Geography 298. An Exploration of Design in Modern Cartography
GIS Tutor in SS110
Course Description and Focus
This course will focus on exploring modern principles and applications of cartography in GIS, maps - static & interactive, infographics, and other forms of information graphics and communication. Students will create a series of visual representations that apply cartographic principles discovered through research. As part of the cartographic process, students will critique maps and have their own maps critiqued. Designing maps is an iterative process and students will experience that full process.
Students will meet with the instructor on a (bi)weekly basis to discuss progress on research, lab/assignments, and to thoroughly critique one or two maps using the cartographic principles. After some initial research has been conducted, the student will begin their own design & exploration of Cartography by identifying a series of maps to create, and applying their knowledge and skills in cartography to that map series.
2| Cartographer's Toolkit: Colors, Typography, Patterns, Gretchen Peterson
3| Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, Cynthia Brewer (reference)
4| USB Flashdrive (Recommended 2GB minimum)
GIS & Mapping Software
It is also possible (and encouraged) to use Adobe Illustrator and / or QGIS to learn a wider variety of tools available to Cartographers.
Assignments and Grading
Labs/Exercises | 35% | a series of lab activities that focus on various topics in the course
Map Projects | 35% | a series of mapmaking projects
Map Portfolio | 15% | a final presentation of maps
Research Paper | 15% |a paper on summarizes modern cartographic principles
Final grades will be based on the following scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60).
**Course schedule is subject to change and will be updated throughout the quarter.
Week 1 | Sept 26 - Oct 2
Week 2 | Oct 3 - 9
Week 3 | Oct 10 - 16
Week 4 | Oct 17 - 23
Week 5 | Oct 24 - 30
Week 6 | Oct 31 - Nov 6
Week 7 | Nov 7 - 13
Week 8 | Nov 14 - 20
Week 9 | Nov 21 - 27
Week 10 | Nov 28 - Dec 4
Week 11 | Dec 5 - 11
Topic. Final projects
Finals Week | Dec 12 - 18
Final Project Presentations
Read. Make maps people want to look at, by Aileen Buckley @ ESRI
- Cartographer's Toolkit: Composition Patterns, Pgs 109 - 167
- Layout design samples
Map project 1. Map of Choice
Read. Robinson, Arthur 1954. The Cartographic Technique, chapter 2 in the Look of Maps
Final Project - Web Map & Written Report
'How To' Submit an Assignment
2|Submit a single document in .pdf format
3|The subject line of your email should reflect the assignment name. For example: Lab 1
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Students with Disabilities
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