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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 9, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-1-9-2018
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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 9, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-1-9-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  16 May 2018

16 May 2018

Designing typefaces for maps. A protocol of tests.

Sébastien Biniek1, Guillaume Touya1, Gilles Rouffineau2, and Thomas Huot-Marchand3 Sébastien Biniek et al.
  • 1Univ. Paris-Est, LASTIG COGIT, IGN, ENSG, F-94160 Saint-Mande, France
  • 2ÉSAD Grenoble Valence, 38 000, Grenoble, France
  • 3ANRT, ENSAD, 54013, Nancy, France

Keywords: Typography, Fonts, Topographic maps

Abstract. The text management in map design is a topic generally linked to placement and composition issues. Whereas the type design issue is rarely addressed or at least only partially. Moreover the typefaces especially designed for maps are rare. This paper presents a protocol of tests to evaluate characters for digital topographic maps and fonts that were designed for the screen through the use of geographical information systems using this protocol. It was launched by the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique Research (ANRT, located in Nancy, France) and took place over his ‘post-master’ course in 2013. The purpose is to isolate different issues inherent to text in a topographic map: map background, nonlinear text placement and toponymic hierarchies. Further research is necessary to improve this kind of approach.

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