Cartography: The Art of Mapping

Cartography is the fine art of map-making. It's where the beauty of art, the eye of graphic design and the exploration of geography all come together. Most maps are fairly clinical, but they still require knowledge of colour and design to make them presentable. And now, we have computer-generated maps and GIS to analyze the data on maps.

Atlas Obscura: North America in Pencil Crayon

The First Geographer: Ptolomy and his amazing accuracy (Pearson-BBC: 5:33)

What is a map? and How do Cartographers use symbols

Activity: World Regions Map

Instructions | 11x17" Map JPG PDFMore printable world maps from

Wired: 8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography

Standards for Mapping, Graphing & Annotating

Create downloadable high-res World, Region & Country mapsdirectly or by using spreadsheetsTutorials | Excel

National Geographic Mapmaker Interactive

Axis Maps: A short, friendly guide to Cartography

Google: My Maps

Google My Maps Tutorial (15:00)

Google Earth Tutorial: Intro to Creation Tools (2:06)

Create your own maps and stories in Google Earth

MapHub: Create your own Interactive maps

Cartography Stories

Bruce Trail Conservancy magazine article about mapping and cartography (PDF)