GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization

Summary and Final Tasks


Summary and Final Tasks


Now that you’ve finished this lesson, you should have a solid understanding of the importance of visual design, and the many factors that must be considered when making a map. During this lesson, we discussed the importance of considering a map’s audience, medium, and purpose – three vital factors to consider when planning a map.

We also introduced the idea of symbol design, and how to leverage order and category of visual variables to create a more informative map. At the end of the lesson, we touched on issues of scale and map-sharing, which we explore in more depth later this semester. In this lesson’s lab, we began applying this knowledge by building general-purpose maps using ArcGIS Pro and a popular source of open-source geospatial data: The National Map.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 1 tasks!

You have reached the end of Lesson 1! Double-check the to-do list on the Lesson 1 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 2.