Cynthia A. Brewer is an American professor of geography at the Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, and book writer. She is notable for her work on map design, color theory in cartography, topographic map design, multi-scale mapping, generalization, atlas mapping, choropleth classification for maps in series. As such, she has been influential as a theorist for map representations and GIS professionals. Her web, print, and colorblind-friendly set of colors known as ColorBrewer have been reused by numerous projects. Her 2008 book (Brewer 2008) copy engineer elegant maps to enlighten best practices and encourage them (Kent 2013).
Brewer, Cynthia A.; Hatchard, Geoffrey W.; Harrower, Mark A (2003), "ColorBrewer in Print: A Catalog of Color Schemes for Maps", Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartography and Geographic Information Society, 30 (1): 5–32 (28), doi:10.1559/152304003100010929
Brewer, Cynthia A. (2003), "A Transition in Improving Maps: The ColorBrewer Example", Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartography and Geographic Information Society, 30 (2): 159–162(4), doi:10.1559/152304003100011126
Brewer, Cynthia A. (1996), "Guidelines for Selecting Colors for Diverging Schemes on Maps", The Cartographic Journal, Maney Publishing, 33 (2): 79–86(8), doi:10.1179/caj.1918.104.22.168