GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization



A. Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Describe how cartography can support visual thinking and visual communication.
  • Illustrate the use of cartography for visual communication.
  • Explain how map purpose and audience influence map design.
  • Demonstrate the use of cartography for visual thinking.

B. Project Overview

Lesson 1 is somewhat different from the other lessons in the course. Generally, each lesson guides you through a project or scenario, highlighting topical Concept Galleries along the way. In this first lesson we take the opposite tact - you will find readings illustrated with figures and examples. At the end of the lesson, you are asked to 1) find a map to critically review and share with the class, and 2) to write-up and illustrate your process of exploring data using a geovisualization application. The overall goal for Lesson 1 is to distinguish and illustrate the use of cartography for visual communication and for visual thinking. See the lesson 1 deliverables page for details. The project for this lesson is about cartography for visual communication and cartography for visual thinking. You will find and discuss a map that visually communicates information (which is any map), and use an online interactive mapping tool to explore how cartography can be used for visual thinking.

C. Lesson Checklist

Lesson 1 is one week in length. (See the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.) To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below. You may find it useful to print this page so that you can follow along with the directions.

1 Read Lesson 1 on Visual Thinking and Visual Communication. See the Part I: Types of Maps page to begin the lesson.
2 Critical Review and Map Discussion

Instructions located on the Lesson Project Tasks page.


Visual Thinking Exercise

Instructions located on the Lesson Project Tasks page.

4 Take the Lesson 1 Quiz.

Take the Lesson 1 Quiz in Canvas.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the Lesson 1 Discussion Forum in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.