Introduction To Geography 3540

Cartography & GIS Lab



Cartography 3540 is an introduction to basic cartographic methods and design. The course utilizes principles taught in both Geog 3530 and 3540. The concepts are utilized through the collection and abstraction of data which is then used to create maps using Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator

The first project that is assigned familiarizes students with using Adobe Illustrator in creating a map with information about the U.S. Public Land Survey System.Click here to see first project.This project teaches the student the importance of basic design features such as layout, visual contrast and hierarchical organization.

The second project works with map scale, feature selection, scale/data density relationships, scale manipulation, scale construction,{Do you get the idea that scale is important in this project?} data capture and freehand drawing using Adobe Illustrator. The student chooses a state and county from that state and scans it into Adobe Illustrator. It is up to the student what features to choose to include in their map. Click here to see second project.

The third project works with data representation and symbolization. The subject of the map is leading causes of death in Nebraska cites with populations over 10,000. The data collected is then integrated into proportionally segmented circles to represent the cities and overlain on a map of Nebraska.Click here to see third project.

This page is designed as a broad overview to students planning on taking this class. It in no way represents the number of hours of work you will spend working on these seemingly simple projects. The projects that are shown here represent how I chose to do them. There are many ways to create these same maps and they should not be used as a template for future cartography student projects{You don't know what kind of grades I got on them!}.