Last week, I posted about a free new PDF publication from MapAction called the Field Guide To Humanitarian Mapping, an excellent introduction to GIS and GPS for humanitarian mapping. John Krygier’s Making Maps blog links not only to that guide, but two other freely-downloadable publications from TacticalTech that cover the use of maps and graphics by NGOs and other groups for informational and advocacy purposes:
Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design discusses how to effectively use graphics, including maps, to present your data in an effective and convincing manner.
Maps For Advocacy deals with the same topics, this time concentrating on maps and neogeography.
For more info on these topics, and the pitfalls associated with them, try these books:
Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS by John Krygier and Denis Wood
Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users by Cynthia Brewer
GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design by Gretchen Peterson
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition by Edward Tufte
Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research by Richard LeGates
How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition) by Mark Monmeier
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff