The user and the mapmaker's art: exploring the aesthetics of cartography

Kent, A. J. (2012) The user and the mapmaker's art: exploring the aesthetics of cartography. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 24 - 28 Feb 2012, New York, USA.

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To what extent do the aesthetic principles of the cartographer serve the interests of the user? Is the cartographer's desire to create an aesthetically pleasing map greater than their desire to meet other design objectives or ideals, perhaps relating to communication? This paper critically examines the role of aesthetics in cartography. Following an overview of how cartographic aesthetics vary historically and culturally, it examines the extent to which aesthetic judgment has been - and will continue to be – a key imperative in mapmaking, affecting symbolization and shaping the concept of cartographic excellence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography > GA0101 Cartography
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Alexander J. Kent
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 14:03
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 15:21

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