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Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the ICA
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Volume 1
Adv. Cartogr. GIScience Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 2, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-adv-1-2-2019
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Adv. Cartogr. GIScience Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 2, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-adv-1-2-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  03 Jul 2019

03 Jul 2019

Fifty shades of Roboto: Text Design Choices and Categories in Multi-Scale Maps

Sébastien Biniek1,2, Guillaume Touya1, and Gilles Rouffineau2 Sébastien Biniek et al.
  • 1Univ. Gustav Eiffel, LASTIG GEOVIS, IGN, ENSG, F-94160 Saint Mande, France
  • 2ESAD GRENOBLE–VALENCE, France

Keywords: typographic design, labels, cartographic knowledge, multi-scale maps

Abstract. The impetus induced by the development of multi-scale, multi-style maps calls for thinking our resources and protocols with greater interoperability. In the field of toponymy, this requires, in particular, thinking of categories and their structuring with more granularity. Assuming that typography, as a device for visualizing toponyms, is a tool whose potential is still under-exploited, we ask ourselves how the field of typographic design can improve our understanding of toponymic categories and help to structure them in a multi-scale logic. The approach adopted to answer this question is to analyse several existing maps to find good and bad practices. We identified different styles of place names and we built a typology of text features in the surveyed maps. The surveyed maps are the 1 : 35 000 scale, in IGN-France, OSM and GoogleMaps portals.

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