I’ve written a lot about designing good (and bad) maps. Some articles to get you started are here, or visit the sub-sections for full listings.
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I have written four books on map history and design with more on the way. Watch this space for more details. My most ambitious work is:
Technical reports and other short articles that have something useful to say, including:
Information pollution on the Underground Map Everyone is so eager to please, but sometimes the extra information added to a map makes it harder to use.
London Underground Map myths Don’t believe everything you read on the web, twelve common myths about Henry Beck and the London Underground map are discussed.
This includes papers published in refereed journals, book chapters, conference papers, and preprints for publication. Good places to start include:
Expectations and prejudices usurp judgements of schematic map effectiveness Compares the usability of two maps from a large-scale internet rating study. The map with the worse ratings had the better planning performance!
What’s your theory of effective schematic map design? Discusses intuitive theories of design, along with prescriptions, theories, and frameworks for creating easy-to-use maps.