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Using cartography to enhance design coherence in multi-author edited books

Edited volumes, or multi-author books, are frequently found in academia or research fields. A variety of authors bring different perspectives to bear on a common theme. Normally, these authors create their own graphics and maps, and they often borrow graphics and maps from earlier publications, often put together by yet another author. As a result, edited books typically have very little graphic design coherence between the different chapters. I have had the opportunity to be the sole cartographer on a number of edited books, and have been proud to be able to lend these books a degree of design coherence unusual in the genre, indicating that the book was more thoughtfully and collectively put together than many others. The map redesign included using the same style of typography, color schemes, symbolization, legend style, north arrow, scale bar, map frame, and geographical extent (as appropriate). This poster shows, for two such books, the maps submitted by the authors and the maps as redesigned, and points out some of the challenges in redesigning maps produced by others.

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Robert A. Norheim

Robert Norheim received his Masters in Geography from the University of Washington in 1997. Since that time, he has worked for the UW College of the Environment as a GIS Analyst, supporting the Climate Impacts Group, the Office of the Washington State Climatologist, the Fire and Mountain Ecology Lab, and the USFS PNW Fire and Environmental Applications Team with geospatial analysis and cartography.

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.NET Add-Ins for ArcGIS Map Development

Although Esri’s ArcGIS provides a set of standard functions that serve many needs very well, investment in the technology also provides the ability to streamline workflows and create custom functions using ArcObjects and programming environments, such as .NET (C# or VB.NET). Taking advantage of the customization options can save significant amounts of time and effort and the monetary savings can often far outweigh the development costs. Examples to support these points are provided from three add-in projects related to ArcGIS for Desktop map development: (1) tools to enhance map series development by supporting creation of custom graphics based on dynamic segmentation data (a new C# add-in); (2) tools to support bulk creation of bookmarks and simplify map configuration and exporting (a new C# add-in based on existing VBA tools); and (3) tools to support forest management mapping operations (a new VB.NET add-in based on existing ArcMap custom tools).

David A. Howes

David is a developer of custom GIS tools, processes and supporting infrastructure with 22 years of UK/US academic and private sector GIS experience (

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October 17, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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