Cartographic Design and Production, Geo 326v

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This course is an advanced course (previously Geo 423v) that introduces map design in three parts: graphic design and typography, reference map design and production, and design principles and contemporary media. Through lessons that offer conceptual explorations of mapping sciences and arts, and examples of both well- and poorly designed maps that illustrate mapping techniques, students will learn the intricacies of map production, for both printed and electronic display. A lab component is included to provide students with opportunities to make their own maps and practice cartographic representation, graphic design, web design, and map production. By the end of the course, students should have a thorough understanding of how and why maps are made, as well as a practical skill set that will enable them to communicate ideas via graphics.

The online version of the course is reserved for students pursuing their Professional Certificate in GIS and who do not intend to take higher level Cartography courses in MSU-GEO.


At least one section of Cartographic Design and Production (either lecture format or online) is typically offered during the fall semester. See the Schedule of Courses for more details.

Course Description:

Course Authors(s):

Yi Shi, PhD; Adrienne Goldsberry, AICP, MA

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