The Hidden Intent of Map Makers?

 

Hawaii's volcanoes revealed - U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series I-2809 by Barry W. Eakins, Joel E. Robinson, Toshiya Kanamatsu, Jiro Naka, John R. Smith, Eiichi Takahashi, and David A. Clague.

A map example: Hawaii’s volcanoes revealed – U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series I-2809 by Barry W. Eakins, Joel E. Robinson, Toshiya Kanamatsu, Jiro Naka, John R. Smith, Eiichi Takahashi, and David A. Clague.

The blog series, The Hidden Meanings of Maps posted by Anne-Laure Freant, is well worth reading for all who make and use maps. The main theme to the blog set is basically – how well does a map carry its meaning to viewers? The map making blog series  includes the following topics:

–  The Projection Choice

– Why Scale Matters

– Design and Colours

– Between the Lines of Legends

– The Art of Data Selection

– Making a point of Mapping

As Ms. Freant notes:

Just like the photographer or the painter, the map maker turns into a messenger bringing back data “from above” to the people “on the ground”.  It is not meaningless, and it is certainly never purely objective.

The first three blogs in the series are now posted. The postings include map scale, map projection, and map design and colors.