Quick reference guide to thematic cartography

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Mapping data is so much about subtleties. The little things add up to make a full map exponentially better than one that wasn’t given the proper attention. But in case you don’t have the time to earn a cartography degree or simply need a quick reference, Axis Maps wrote one you can refer to.

In this short guide we share some insights and tips for making thematic maps. Our goal is to cover the important concepts in cartography and flag the important decision points in the map-making process. As with many activities in life, there isn’t always a single best answer in cartography, and in those cases we’ve tried to outline some of the pros and cons to different solutions.

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