Esri Press presents Map Book Vol. 23

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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The Esri Map Book has become an annual must-have collectors item for Esri International User Conference attendees and GIS users alike. The twenty-third volume of the Esri Map Book showcases the innovative and inspiring accomplishments of GIS users around the world. The true excitement of this book lies in the discovery of which maps have made it from the 2007 Esri International User Conference Map Gallery into publication. More than 100 full-color maps are featured from distinct industry categories such as cartography, environmental management, government, natural resources, planning and engineering, tourism, transportation, and utilities. Each map is presented with an insightful description of how it was produced or used. The maps were hand selected by Jack Dangermond, the book edited by Michael Law, and designed by Doug Huibregtse.

Click on any of the following images to see example page spreads in PDF format.

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Map Book Vol. 23 is available for purchase at the Spatial Outlet bookstore in the San Diego Convention Center from August 4-7. It will be available for purchase online at after the Esri International User Conference ends.

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  1. jakc says:

    Really great pieces of work.

    Is there any chance of finding out a bit more info on how the above examples were created and if they have been done solely in ArcGIS or if they have used the benefits of packages such as Illustrator.

    I like the gradient fade to white at the top to make the legend stand out.

  2. abuckley says:

    If you open these images, you’ll notice that there is additional metadata on who created these maps, as well as the software they used. I’m guessing, but I think the gradient you’re seeing is added specifically to these images, and not necessarily to the map exerpts themselves.

  3. mlaw says:

    Yes, Peter is correct, there is some supplemental information on each map that shows what software was used and the major data sources. The gradient/fade was added in during the design layout, it is not actually part of the original. It is meant to lighten the top part of the page so that the map description could be seen more clearly.

    Michael Law
    Map Book Editor

  4. abuckley says:

    I will be posting a blog new about this effect — look for it here soon!