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Research Commons

A space and place for those seeking help with research-related needs.


Cartography & Visualizing Maps

General design considerations include includes coloring, map extent, labels, boundaries, interactivity, 3D models, and more. . .

Map Elements

Map Design


Colors and Shading

Map Symbols

Typography / Font


Focus of Attention

Map Scale

Map element hierarchy

North Arrow


Map Area




Borders and Neatlines


Graticule or Coordinate Grid



From UIUC LibraryGuides

Vanette Schwartz