Desktop Map Design: Some Odysseys of Form and Flow

Kevin Byrne


Making maps on today's desktop platforms can be something of an odyssey that often obliges the designer to traverse minefields of nonintegrated software. This article details the workflows for nine maps produced with desktop computer software. Each workflow falls across a row; each row references a captioned map that was a tangible outcome of the author's implementation of desktop cartography using image processing and other software tools. A need for early articulation of appropriate verbal goals to guide the power and charm of map design software is discussed.


map design; desktop cartography; desktop

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