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TypeBrewer: A Map Design Help Tool for Selecting Typography TypeBrewer is a free help tool that gives non-specialist mapmakers a chance to explore typography in a semi-structured environment. It is not mapmaking software. Instead of providing the functionality of a graphic design program or GIS, TypeBrewer offers a quick and easy way to explore typographic alternatives and see the impact that various elements of type have on the overall look and feel of a map. TypeBrewer is designed for mapmakers who want to learn more about map typography and get practical design specifications for starting a map project. TypeBrewer templates are based on sound typographic and cartographic principles, as well as best professional practices.

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Axis Maps Company - Cartography. Visualization. Design. Axis Maps was formed in 2006 by 3 graduate students finishing their advanced degrees in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having originally entered grad school to study traditional print cartography and GIS, we quickly became engaged with the rapidly changing field of interactive mapping. Google Maps had launched the previous spring, while more and more internet users were growing accustomed to having interactive maps as a part of their online lives. However, we were surprised to see that the cartographic fundamentals and traditions we had been studying were falling by the wayside. Instead, these new maps focused on the technical aspects of delivering geographic content over the web rather than clear communication through cartographic design. We formed Axis Maps to bring Cartography to what was becoming a technical field.

David McCandless » Books Information Is Beautiful Published Feb 2010 by HarperCollins UK Visually stunning displays of information that blend the facts with their connections, their context and their relationships – making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before – keeping text to a minimum and using unique visuals to offer a blueprint of modern life. Easy to flick through but intriguing and engaging enough to study for hours. » Check out the Information Is Beautiful ultra-site » Check out on Basic Mapping Principles for Visualizing Cancer Data Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - American Journal of Preventive Medicine Figure 3 An example screen from, an online tool offering color specifications for each color in schemes suited for thematic maps. Color schemes are grouped into sequential, diverging, and qualitative sets. Figure 4 Example diverging schemes.

Toolkit Samples Skip to main content Silverlight Developer Center Sign in United States (English) © 2014 Microsoft. Subtleties of Color: The “Perfect” Palette About a year ago, we published a blog post framed as a letter to NASA , asking them to stop using rainbow color scales. The post was written out of a general frustration with rainbow color scales, but especially out of seeing field experts and leaders, like NASA, using a perceptually incorrect color scale. We weren’t alone. Robert Simmon from NASA’s Earth Observatory has been crusading for the same changes. He’s made great progress, and as a continuation of that, he’s responding to our “letter” with a brilliant series of blog posts on proper use of colors and color scales. Despite the near-ubiquity of the rainbow palette—which distorts patterns in the underlying data—the basics of using color to represent numerical data are well-established.

Color Blindness Article By Dr Alex Wade, Research Fellow at Stanford University (this article appeared in Planet Medica, April 2000) The next time you go strawberry picking, imagine how much harder it would be if the fruit were the same colour as the leaves. If you are a man, there is a 10% chance that they are! So is this a problem you need to worry about? Roughly 1 in 10 men are fully or partly colour blind.

What Is Color Blindness? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart In the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye), there are two types of cells that detect light: rods and cones. Rods detect only light and dark and are very sensitive to low light levels. Cone cells detect color and are concentrated near the center of your vision. There are three types of cones that see color: red, green and blue.

Classics - John Snow: The London Cholera Epidemic of 1854 It wasn't until 1854 that Cholera struck England once again, that Snow was able to legitimate his argument that Cholera was spread through contaminated food or water. Snow, in investigating the epidemic, began plotting the location of deaths related to Cholera (see illustration). At the time, London was supplied its water by two water companies. One of these companies pulled its water out of the Thames River upstream of the main city while the second pulled its water from the river downstream from the city. A higher concentration of Cholera was found in the region of town supplied by the water company that drew its water form the downstream location. Water from this source could have been contaminated by the city's sewage.