(the very first map to inspire my collection), by Ryan
Mendenhall, was cited in Tyler Mitchell's"Web
Mapping Illustrated." This is a 349-page full
color introduction/tutorial to creating your own high quality
digital maps using open source software. I feel
that this book bridges the gap between professionally made,
general maps, and the personal
maps that comprise my mapsproject..
Through this book, you can create highly technical and
interactive maps which contain a lot of the characteristics
of mental maps, including allowing users to personalise
exactly what they want or need to see. The divide
between the static omnipresence of standard maps and the personal,
customised maps we create on napkins is greatly reduced with
the techniques contained here!
[selected quotes from the first chapter]
"Why do we often find it so difficult to make maps
of the world around us? How well could you map out the way you
normally drive to the supermarket? Usually, its easier to
describe your trip than it is to draw a map. Perhaps we
have a perception of what a map must look like...Yet some maps
drawn by a friend on a napkin might be more of use than any
professional city map could ever be."
"The element of personal knowledge, rather than
general knowledge, is what can make a somewhat useful map
into one that is very powerful. When words fail to describe
the location of something that isn't general knowledge, a map
can round out the picture for you. Maps can be used to supplement
a verbal description, but because creating a map involves drawing
a perspective from your head, it can be very intimidating..."
more information and to order go HERE.
Thanks for including a snippet of my project,
your valuable book inspires and teaches me in return!